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New York | In Previews: Opens Jan 24

True West (Broadway)

From 76 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Disappointing, Funny

About the show

Opposites attack in this Pulitzer Prize-nominated play about two brothers with more in common than they think. Sam Shepard’s rip-roaring classic returns to Broadway with Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano. More…

Holed up in their mother’s California house, screenwriter Austin (Paul Dano) and lowlife Lee (Ethan Hawke) wrestle with big issues—and each other. Order vs. chaos. Art vs. commerce. Typewriter vs. toaster. Shepard’s drama gleefully detonates our misguided myths of family, identity, and the American Dream.

In Previews: Opens Jan 24 | American Airlines Theatre (Midtown W)


“True West (Broadway)” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

100
During previews
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Great staging

See it if Sibling rivalries, Intense hate for each other.

Don't see it if want a nice show or family play.

Also Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano give powerful acting. The ending could have ... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Great staging, Great set design

See it if Extraordinary acting and directing. Will sustain your attention 100%. Ultimately both brother share the same belief that the West is

Don't see it if You a fan of Tom Shepard's plays

Also essential and unattainable. This play allegorizes for me the men’ loss... Read more Read less

93
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Great staging

See it if Powerful acting esp.by Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano. Clever set for change of scenes. Great start for super series of shows at Roundabout.

Don't see it if I would not want to be part of the stage crew. We would like to have seen a larger role for Marylouise Burke.

91
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if Mesmerizing performances by the 2 leads. Sam Shepard. A hilarious thrill ride. What else could you ask for?

Don't see it if The violence might be upsetting to some. I thought it was hysterical, but the faint-hearted or ultra-sensitive might disagree.

90
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you want to see two really excellent actors go toe to toe. fun evening

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Sam Shepard's writing.

Also My friend and I really enjoyed this play. we were surprised at how muc... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Powerful acting, Absorbing surrealistic drama, Creative set design

See it if Screenwriter brother on verge of success sabotaged by drifter brother as violent sibling rivalry ends destructively and wild animals howl.

Don't see it if You can’t put up with Sam Shepard’s weird plays, even one that was nominated for a Pulitzer.

Also SPOILER ALERT:... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Masculine

See it if You love Sam Shepard; this is a faithful, funny production - Dano and Hawke are are all in and having fun

Don't see it if you are disinterested in masculinity, a long conversation about siblings, identity and art.

85
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Great staging

See it if you want to see two ideally matched performers take each other down in Sam Shepard's masterful script on the modern "west."

Don't see it if you are not intrigued by the intensity of masculine violence or ideals of success in 70s-80s America.

85
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Great writing

See it if Beautiful performances by all in tough Shepherd play exploring fantasy and illusions of freedom& frontier and success though sibling rivalry

Don't see it if You don’t get Shepherd and his bleak view of modern suburban life but the ensemble is terrific and worth seeing

85
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You are fan of the actors or the playwirght. You like small cast dramas.

Don't see it if You want lots of action. It's fairly dialog heavy.

84
During previews
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you love seeing actors at their art you like Sam Shepard plays you like these two actors and want to see them at their best you like 2 think

Don't see it if you want to see reality you don't like swearing and vulgarity you like a concrete ending at the end of a show

Also The first half of the show is a little slow, but whatever seems to be ... Read more Read less

84
During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you haven't seen Hawke on stage. He gives a natural and entertaining performance.

Don't see it if you like larger/breezier productions. Slow-moving at first, it's entirely contained within 1 room, but they make excellent use of the space!

84
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Entertaining

See it if you want to see brilliant performances by Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano. If you sympathize with sibling rivalries this is a good show for you.

Don't see it if you cannot handle Sam Sheppard plays. The plot is pretty over the top and loses some of meaning through the ridiculous ending.

83
During previews
Great acting

See it if This is a fine production of a solid American play. Paul Dano becomes a real stage actor with his performance.

Don't see it if Don’t see it if you are predisposed to disliking Sam Shepard. This production is not a new vision of the play.

83
During previews
Great acting

See it if You love Sam Shepard like I do and need to see his plays anytime they are done

Don't see it if You don’t have the patience to let the story slowly develop

Also This is my first time ever seeing true west. I had very high expectati... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Great staging

See it if you want to see a vigorous depiction of Sam Shepard's play. Dano and Hawke give vivid performances.

Don't see it if you're turned off by volatile, physical, destructive actions. The two brothers create a chaotic, frenzied scene.

Also This was the first preview, and I am certain things will tighten up. I... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you enjoy outstanding acting, directing and staging and meaningful play about sibling rivalry.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate Sam Shepard surrealist style.

82
During previews
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting

See it if you are a fan of Shepard & ready to watch Hawke & Dano duke it out, ending with more in common than either suspected.

Don't see it if Shepard is a tougher playwright than you enjoy.

79
During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you like family dramas, are a fan of the actors, if you like plays with long conversations

Don't see it if you don't like ambiguous endings, if you don't like over the top characters

Also I saw some people here saying that they thought the pacing was slow bu... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Wanted more

See it if you are a fan of Ethan Hawke, he's the best thing about this production.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Ethan Hawke.

Also I saw the original off-broadway production of True West over 37 years ... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Quirky, Slow, Great staging

See it if you are a Sam Shepard fan. After all, it was a Pulitzer Prize finalist: see why.

Don't see it if Initially slow, so don't see it if you are not patient. But eventually it will pull you in.

Also Universal in its sibling rivalry message. I had not seen the previous ... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Masterful, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if A classic Sam Shepard play with family issues, money, success and jealousy carry two brothers from one hell to another.

Don't see it if not interested in dialogue-centric performances with in your face emotionalal paralysis. Tight structure with two main players.

79
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Quirky, Dated, Great staging

See it if high family drama, great acting, intense

Don't see it if family dramas, intense drama with physical scenes

78
During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Painful at times, Miscast?

See it if if you are a Sam Shepard fan. if you liked old sitcoms. Paul Dano's metamorphosis isn't credible

Don't see it if if you like cogent storylines. if you wanted to see Ethan Hawke in good shape (he peels down so you can see the pudge).

Also Marylouise Burke steals the show but her part is only a few minutes. H... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Classic macho, Shepardesque, Mid to top level family disfunction, Why do men behave the way they do?, Buried child in there somewhere?

See it if like Shepard, EthanHawke & PaulDano, want 2 witness family disfunction, hate toast & manual typewriters, reassurance other families worse

Don't see it if low tolerance for macho bull, have enough dysfunction in own life, don't want 2 pay BWY prices,


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