August: Osage County
Publish date: May 1st 2010
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Edition language: English
BLUF: Play about a self-destructing family.Not convinced? Here is the break down of characters (note: daughters not in age order)Father – drunkMother – drug abuser Daughter 1 – not good enoughDaughter 2 – control freakDaughter 3 – depressed & naiveGranddaughter – drug userGrandson – waste of lifeThe...
How could you not love Tracy Letts?
Tragic and hilarious. The perfect mix of dark humor and real drama -- or at least energized conflict (if that makes sense). It's amazing how the many characters stand apart on the page. Great dialog, some beautiful lines, and satisfying homages to other plays (Long Day's Journey... being the most ob...
Extravagantly melodramatic and full of withering, viciously funny dialogue, Letts' play reminded me at least in tone more of Albee and Pinter than O'Neill (who, let's face it, had the long and melodramatic down pat but lacked the "funny").A family with let's say some issues convenes after the father...
I only discovered this story after learning that a smorgasbord full of some of my favorite actors and actresses were in town to bring Letts story to film. It is dark and painful and very funny. I was born and raised in the area so I was already familiar with the setting, though my perspective is far...
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