The August: Osage County Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, historical context, author biography. Editorial Reviews. Review. “This fusion of epic tragedy and black comedy is a bold step for August: Osage County (TCG Edition) – Kindle edition by Tracy Letts. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. But if August: Osage County runs well, it won’t be Letts and his wisecracks taking the stage this time. “It’s not a Tracy Letts play, it’s a John Wells.

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Feb 27, Ana rated it really liked it Shelves: This play is both human and ani Oh.

August: Osage County

Donate Slant is reaching more readers than ever before, but advertising revenue across the Internet is falling fast, hitting independently owned and operated publications like ours the hardest. I loved how the name Beverly goes for both guys and gals, just like Tracy – see what I did there, wink wink nudge nudge.

I have book teacy so we’ll talk about it later. Retrieved July 6, Violet is a heavy drinker addicted to several different kinds of prescription drugs and exhibits paranoia and mood swings. Beverly, who freely admits that he is an alcoholic, lightly oaage about Violet’s current problems, most of which Beverly concedes are the result of personal demons too powerful to be cured by drugs.

How do you swim through oceanic waves of family crisis, when the breakers are nothing but violent reflections of your own personal doom? The play is already full of dysfunction without adding this on top of it. Following their father’s death, daughters Barbara, Osahe, and Ivy must come to grips with petts own lives while simultaneously caring for their mother. The New York Times. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. A case could be argued for some, I suspect, and it could be staged or played that way, It seems like it’s been far too long since we’ve had a living-room drama play that is actually touching and disturbing and hysterically funny as well.


Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play. We come back to that issue of control, right?

Tracy Letts: ‘August: Osage County has always only ended one way’

Letts named the characters at the centre of his play the Westons, putting the tantalising American promise — “Go west, young man” — right in the middle of their names, then trapping them inside a crumbling house and watching them tear each other apart. As a result, Violet became a pill popper and the three daughters carried baggage for their entire adult lives.

Letts considers sound to be a very strong storytelling tool for theater.

Everybody in Tracy’s stories gets naked or dead. Ivy’s older sister Barbara arrives from Boulder, Colorado lettx her husband Bill and year-old daughter Jean. Archived from the original on April 26, A dysfunctional family dynamic on full and earnest display.

She is truly wondrous, and I think I can say with more than a fair amount of certainty that this was the best play I have ever seen or ever will see. Sep 12, Michelle rated it it was amazing Shelves: Due to a serious fall during its final week of rehearsal, the director had to step in for the lead and perform the role of Violet Weston. They fall into an argument almost immediately, during which Violet accuses her of abandoning her family and breaking her father’s heart.

It opens with a prologue that is worth going back and rereading after getting about halfway through, just to see what new resonance it has now that the reader has more information. Yet, Letts has crafted a modern classic play rife with memorable characters, who will stay with me even in written format. If the author is God of the Play, then Letts is a harsh and unrelenting god, destroying any hope for wugust or resolution in even his most deserving creation.

Barbara, now drinking heavily, offers Johnna a chance to quit and leave the toxic environment of the Weston house, but she chooses to stay.

August: Osage County by Tracy Letts

His family gathers for his funeral and, as the Times puts it”duly does what’s mandatory on such occasions. I was really surprised by a lot of the plot turns. But he says that, even after years of adapting the film and years before that of writing the play and mounting the production, he wasn’t done with the story until he saw the film’s final cut, a week before we spoke.


Barbara and her mother have one last angry confrontation during which Violet blames Barbara for her father’s suicide. Init was adapted and brought to stage by Taiwanese Greenray Theatre. To view it, click here.

oxage View all 10 comments. I don’t necessarily mean the actual running time though it would probably clock in at about 3 hoursbut there were so many subplots that needed a resolution, and each ended as disastrously and dysfunctionally as the previous one, that it actually got tedious.

Retrieved July 4, Clean, spare, pointed and well-written. Their return to London is an event in itself,” you say.

I was already terrified of Letts after seeing his odage performance in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” and now he’s out to get me?! Archived from the original on March 8, The thre One of the most bracing and critically acclaimed plays in recent history, August: Osage County Trailer 2 7 Jun 27, For the film based on the play, cointy August: And though the backstory of how the Johanna’s character came to be is interesting, her magical Indian saintly cipher does the story no favors.

I was fortunate enough to see it performed in San Francisco last month.

Interview: Tracy Letts Talks August: Osage County | Feature | Slant Magazine

ForI have devised myself a Pulitzer challenge across many genres, and Osage County is my first completed work. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Osage County by Tracy Letts.

I love how it’s a little dark and disturbing view osahe [what, you’re in love with your cousin? View all 5 comments. The B word was coined for the women in his life.

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