Love, hate collide in Shepard’s `True West’

Alec Harvey
Birmingham News Staff Writer
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Four out of five stars

From the moment brothers Austin and Lee meet in their mother’s kitchen in Sam Shepard’s “True West,” you know all is not right with this family dynamic.

Austin, an Ivy League grad who is house-sitting in the Hollywood hills while mom’s in Alaska, is putting the finishing touches on a script that he is this close to selling to a powerful agent. Ne’er-do-well Lee is a thief by trade, and he’s hoping to find some houses nearby to burglarize.  There is, to say the least, some tension, and it only gets worse in City Equity Theatre’s solid production running through Sunday at the Alabama School of Fine Arts.

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