“ Nic Dimond's careful direction of an outstanding cast nails Shepard's inimitably American poetry, backed by an impeccably modulated live band. ”— Time Out Chicago
“ … the outstanding ensemble cast brings the play to life with a grim reality that enhances Shepard's precise, intelligent writing. ”— Chicago Sun-Times
“ The production is typical Strawdog: nimble and razor-sharp. ”— Daily Herald
“ … carefully styled performances make for an engaging, well-paced two hours. ”— Chicago Reader
A masterpiece from the man New York Magazine calls "the greatest American playwright of his generation," Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind is a wild, heartbreaking, and often hilarious look at the things that make us hurt the people we love. Jealous rage triggers an appalling act of physical violence, sending shockwaves through the families of both the attacker and the victim, and bringing to the surface injuries, crimes, and desires long left buried.
Artistic Director Nic Dimond, director of our landmark production of Julius Caesar, matches the naturalist acting style that powered recent award-winning, ensemble-driven hits like Detective Story and Three Sisters to the live music that has also become a Strawdog signature to weave a compelling tapestry of the American West that is at once mythic and true.