Daniel Okrent
March 31, 2000 AT 05:00 AM EST

True West

type
Stage
Current Status
In Season
performer
Philip Seymour Hoffman
director
Matthew Warchus
author
Sam Shepard

We gave it an B+

The Paul Thomas Anderson Repertory Players — Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly — are stunningly good in this revival of Sam Shepard’s hyperbolic 1980 cartoon of a play. What’s especially impressive (and apt, given the play’s themes of fraternal identity and family warfare) is that Hoffman and Reilly are alternating in the roles of a mild screenwriter and his volatile lowlife brother. It’s a great argument for seeing the play twice, even if the thinness of Shepard’s ideas can barely support the heft of these two fine actors. B+

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