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“True West” has come due east.

Landing a few miles off Broadway, the Sam Shepard-penned play, an ode to brotherhood, Hollywood and stolen toasters, is being performed by local thespians of the Sackett Group.

Suspend your disbelief as this cold Brooklyn winter finds the show’s two characters, adult brothers Austin and Lee, in a Southern California kitchen. Austin, a screenwriter, and Lee, a drifter and appliance thief, clash and then seem to swap lives after questioning the paths (and appliances) they’ve taken.

“The story is about family and everybody has some connection to that,” said Robert Weinstein, the Carroll Gardens resident who directed the show and is also the troupe’s artistic director. “It is a true study in human nature and because of the quality of the writing … the power within the story paints a picture of the way we truly are.”

Now that enough time has passed since the real-life family drama of the holidays, “True West” is a good direction in which to head.

“True West” will run at the Brooklyn Music School Playhouse (126 St. Felix St. at Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene) until Feb. 25. Tickets are $20. For information call (212) 352-3101 or visit

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