True West By Sam Shepard
What we expect of Sam Shepard, erstwhile bad boy rock 'n' roll wordsmith, has changed in fascinating ways since his first play, Cowboys, was produced by Theatre Genesis in 1963. For many years he was an exclusively downtown phenomenon, with a genius for plays that didn't recall any his fans had seen before, plays such as Action and Cowboy Mouth with gripping stage images and explosive, immediate, paradoxical verbal effusions that didn't so much eschew conventional structure as behave as though no one had ever heard of it. You could tell in some works, such as Angel City, Melodrama Play and Curse of the Starving Class, that he'd been looking at past drama and film, but he never came off as a serious student, and that appealed to his early, post-Beat audience.