With the lack of theater reviews in The Modesto Bee, there is an awful possibility that playgoers might not know about a stunning production of Sam Shepard’s “True West” that is playing at Center Stage Conservatory until Sept. 28. What’s happening in this little gem of a theater is really exciting; a professional-level, explosive production on a stage smaller than your bedroom. You have to walk downstairs, below street level, in an office building just a couple of blocks away from the Gallo Center for the Arts. In this hidden hallway of offices, a tiny theater has been carved out in which the actors are giving a performance the likes of which I haven’t seen in the foothills or the Valley in a very long time.
I know the director, Traci Sprague, and I know one of the actors, Joe Conn, and so I went to the opening. What I didn’t expect was to be blown away by the talent of Conn and Chris Hayhurst, the two wild brothers. Sometimes you don’t have to go to the Bay Area to see the good stuff. Sometimes it’s right here.
Sally McClellan, Soulsbyville