“Sam Shepard shows his richness as a dramatist.”
“James Hillier’s revival is haunting and unsettling; a search for love and purpose played out against a haze of love and regret.”
“Exceptional onstage performers who have been provided with a clear artistic vision.”
“Passionate and believable.”
“Defibrillator have a splendid cast that serve the play with grit and focus.”
“Comedic moments shine through.”
“Glitters with despair and devastation.”
“A gripping study of two families.”
Once A Week Theatre
“Slow-burning, haunting family drama.”
America. The great wide open.
Two families torn apart by more than one brutal marriage. Out of this bleak landscape emerges a human spirit that burns bright in its fight for salvation.
At heart a love story, this funny and gritty play explores the ambivalence of family relationships, of love lost and found, against the backdrop of a macho American West. With a Coen Brothers off-beat humour, dark and mystical A Lie of the Mind was written by Sam Shepard at the height of his powers.
In 2017, with a post-truth President in the White House, this play which charts the carnage that ensues from self-deception is as relevant now as when first performed in 1985.
“Mr. Shepard’s richest and most penetrating play, a 20th-century masterwork of a family portrait.” NEW YORK TIMES