True West is the story of Hollywood screenwriter Austin and his estranged older brother, Lee, who has made a living for years as a thief and petty criminal. Lee returns home in an attempt to reconnect with Austin and the two relive their tumultuous childhood as they grow closer and clash by turns. The two begin to influence one another and form a deeply unhealthy connection before finally coming to near-fatal blows at the play's conclusion, then pausing to consider their lives.

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