Kilburn's Tricycle Theatre has triumphed once again with its gripping production of American playwright Sam Shepard's modern classic, 'True West'.
As cicadas noisily herald another hot Californian night, tempers flare in this tale of two brothers, Austin the screenwriter, house-sitting for his mother, and Lee, a drifter and petty thief, who turns up on his doorstep to shatter his dreams.
The tension builds as Lee persuades the Hollywood producer who has agreed to make Austin's love story, to drop his brother's idea in favour of Lee's Western. Enraged, Austin refuses to co-operate and write the screenplay for his brother. As the evening wears on, fuelled by alcohol, they briefly reconcile, only for the jealousy and mistrust simmering under the surface to boil over again into an explosive climax.
Superb casting sees Eugene O'Hare (who appeared alongside Adrian Lester in the Tricycle's brilliant production of 'Red Velvet') playing Austin, wound up ready to snap, pitted against former 'EastEnders' villain, Alex Ferns' Lee, whose menacing presence permeates the production.
Directed by Phillip Breen, 'True West' is playing until 4th October 2014, Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, with matinee performances on Wednesday and Saturday at 3pm. You can find all ticketing information on the Tricycle Theatre's website, www.tricycle.co.uk.
The Tricycle Theatre is located along Kilburn High Road, five minutes' walk from Kilburn underground station and Brondesbury overground station.