Stuart Hughes (photo: Cylla von Tiedemann)
True West is Strangely Directionless
by Christian Baines
The actors’ connection to each other and Hughes’ connection to the material feels too superficial and too sitcom-ish to really pay off.
Stuart Hughes is unfortunately miscast as a strangely benign Lee. His flair for comedy is evident, particularly in the play’s light hearted opening, but by the second scene, which opens with him sporting a frankly ludicrous sombrero, it’s clear the character is being played for laughs. Faring better is Mike Ross, who works hard to give Austin the kind of layering necessary to track the character’s rising frustrations and ultimate meltdown.