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True West Gives Us Sam Shepard's Classic Battling Brothers

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Lee is a wandering loner. "He's the little boy who's still trying to find his place in the world. And so consequently he's quicker to temper, he's quicker to pick a fight. He doesn't trust other people very easily. Doesn't like to be cornered. Doesn't like to be pinned down. He's a con artist," says director Kim Tobin-Lehl.

His character is also one of the two battling brothers in the Sam Shepard classic True West about to be performed by 4th Wall Theatre Co. (previously Houston's Stark Naked Theatre). 

Last year, 4th Wall Theatre Co., finished its season in grand style with Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and a visiting production of Saint Joan.

In like manner, co-founders Philip Lehl and Kim Tobin-Lehl decided to start this season with Shepard's  story of two brothers who've ratcheted sibling rivalry up to the nth degree and think they'd like to live each others lives.

Drake Simpson and Nick Farco play the brothers with Simpson taking on the Lee role. “He's our rebel. He's the person who doesn't want to conform. He's not comfortable in a situation where someone wants to contain him. He's a nomad,” says Tobin-Lehl.

Farco plays married script writer Austin. “Austin is your intellect. The guy who wants everything compartmentalized. He wants order,” Tobin-Lehl says.

“Austin longs for the freedom to be Lee to wander the dessert and Lee longs to be able to be smart and intelligent enough to figure out how to have a house and have a family.” The question becomes, she says, can you at all change who you really are? 

Rounding out the cast are Lehl as film producer Saul and Sally Burtenshaw as the brothers' mother. “It's exciting, it's funny. It's a really great ride in the theater. It's a piece of theater every one should see,” Tobin-Lehl promises.

Performances are scheduled for September 8-30 at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. 1824 Spring Street. For information call 832-786-1849 or visit 4thwalltheatreco.com.$15-$49. 

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