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Actors Revisit Roles in KC Actors Theatre's "True West"

There are many theatre roles - say, Romeo and Juliet - that should probably be retired from an actor's repertoire by the time they're 30. But what happens when actors return to roles they played much earlier in their careers?

By Steve Walker


Kansas City, MO – KCUR's Steve Walker visited with two Kansas City actors who are re-teaming this month in a Sam Shepard play they first appeared in 26 years ago.

Every playwright has the privilege of describing the general appearance of his or her characters. In the forward to Sam Shepard's "True West," for example, brothers Austin and Lee are envisioned as being within shouting distance of 30. When actors Mark Robbins and Jim Birdsall played them at The Rep in 1984, they were in that ballpark. Kansas City Actors Theatre chose to stage the play this summer, and it was suggested that they might give the parts another go.

Kansas City Actors Theatre production of Sam Shepard's "True West" runs July 23 - August 15, 2010 at the H and R Block City Stage at Union Station.

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Since 1998, Steve Walker has contributed stories and interviews about theater, visual arts, and music as an arts reporter at KCUR. He's also one of Up to Date's regular trio of critics who discuss the latest in art, independent and documentary films playing on area screens.
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