Sun sets on ‘True West’

Prod'n shutters after 154 perfs, recoups investment

Ron Kastner’s Broadway production of “True West,” directed by Matthew Warchus, will close July 29, after having played 21 previews and 154 regular performances.

The Sam Shepard play opened at the Circle in the Square Theatre on March 2, 2000, with Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly. According to the Variety Critics’ Tally, the revival received 15 favorable reviews, 2 unfavorable and 1 mixed.

Hoffman and Reilly, who left the show June 18, were replaced by Josh Brolin and Elias Koteas, who received mixed-to-downbeat reviews with an especially negative notice from Ben Brantley in the New York Times.

At the time of Hoffman and Reilly’s departure, Kastner announced that the show had recouped its $900,000 investment. With its original Broadway cast, “True West” had sold out or nearly met its gross potential of $310,148 each week. Last week, B.O. had dropped to $76,597.

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