August: Osage County
Opened 26 Nov 2008
Written: by Tracy Letts
Directed: Anna D Shapiro
Cast: Deanna Dunagan (Violet Weston), Rondi Reed (Mattie Fay Aiken), Ian Barford (Little Charles), Kimberly Guerrero (Johnna Longwell), Mariann Mayberry (Karen Weston), Amy Morton (Barbara Fordham ), Sally Murphy (Ivy Weston ), Jeff Perry (Bill Fordham ), Troy West (Sheriff Deon Gilbeau) Chelcie Ross (Beverly Weston), Paul Vincent O'Connor (Charlie Aiken ), Molly Ranson (Jean Fordham ), Gary Cole (Steve Heidebrecht)
Produced by: National Theatre presents the Steppenwolf production
Synopsis: When the large Weston family unexplectedly reunites in Oklahoma, after their father disappears, their home explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets
What the popular press had to say.....
NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Letts's play breaks with theatre tradition by interpreting family life as slapstick tragedy, black comedy and steaming hot soap opera all rolled into one." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "A magnificent Chicago Steppenwolf production...his [Tracy Letts] play also satisfies a palpable hunger for big theatrical experiences." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "August: Osage County is a consistently gripping, moving and often wildly funny melodrama that keeps the audience hooked and enthralled for three and a half hours." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "For transatlantic acting at its finest go to the National, see the Chicago-based Steppenwolf company, and marvel at performances so robust yet so punctilious they'd have had Stanislavsky dancing round Red Square. And if you want a good example of that very American genre, the family play, make the same trip."
Production Photo by Michael Brosilow
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