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August: Osage County (TCG Edition) Paperback – February 1, 2008
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In Tracy Letts’s ferociously entertaining play, the American dysfunctional family drama comes roaring into the twenty-first century with eyes blazing, nostrils flaring and fangs bared, laced with corrosive humor so darkly delicious and ghastly that you’re squirming in your seat even as you’re doubled over laughing. A massive meditation on the cruel realities that often belie standard expectations of conjugal and family accordnot to mention on the decline of American integrity itself.” David Rooney, Variety
August will cement Letts’s place in theatrical history. He has written a Great American Play. How many of those will we get the chance to discover in our lifetime?” Melissa Rose Bernardo, Entertainment Weekly
Packed with unforgettable characters and dozens of quotable lines, August: Osage County is a tensely satisfying comedy, interspersed with remarkable evocations on the cruelties and (occasional) kindnesses of family life. It is as harrowing a new work as Broadway has offered in years and the funniest in even longer.” Eric Gorde, New York Sun
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I've been trying to figure out what to say about August: Osage County for a few months now, and I never really come up with anything that works. So this is probably going to be a short, disjointed review about a very long, perfectly-constructed play. It involves a family, most of whom haven't seen each other in a very long time, and most of whom don't really like one another all that well, who get together in a house in the middle of nowhere after the family patriarch, a one-hit-wonder poet who's been trying to finish another book for decades, goes missing. We meet him briefly in the opening, then his just vanishes. From there, it's what Faulkner described of the writing of As I Lay Dying: you take a family and you throw every bad thing at them you've got and see how they react. And the bad things run the gamut. I'd tell you about some of them, but I really don't want to spoil the pleasure of reading this for yourself. The less you know about this play and the characters who inhabit it before you dig in, the better off you will be. It is a phenomenal piece of work, and deserves to be read (and seen) by as many people as possible. **** ½
The play opens as Beverly Weston, a noted poet, retired professor, and practicing alcoholic interviews Johnna for the position of housekeeper, cook, and his wife Violet's keeper. Beverly is drunk, but not so drunk that he cannot give a mean lecture on the tendencies of Hart Crane, John Berryman, and T.S. Eliot in a stream of remarks that eventually become the intellectual key of the play--for Eliot, he has made a disastrous marriage and like Crane and Berryman he is preparing to commit suicide.Read more ›
Oh boy was I wrong. This book has an engaging quality to it unlike any other. I have not been fortunate enough to watch the play yet, but I will definitely look into it.
I felt myself getting drawn to every character in the book, since they were presented with such depth, which led me to empathize deeply with their emotions.
Additionally, August: Osage County sheds light on some pretty disturbing subjects such as suicide and incest, but this only adds to the charm of this play.
All in all, this is a must-read!
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Tracy Letts' portrayal of the ultimate disfunctional family leaps off the page. My family dynamics were eerily similar, so each line felt like an old, familiar punch in the gut. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Jocelyn R. Chabot
This paper peels off the later perfect all American front most families put up and the result is a emotional page turning play that keeps you guessing as to what will happen next... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ally Wettstead
Great writing but not for those who are easily offended. It may be long but it's such a good read that won't even notice.Published 5 months ago by Crystal
An extraordinary piece of theatre in the midst of 1.5hr rush jobs. Gripping from start to finish.Published 9 months ago by Angus Hepburn
I first saw the disappointing film version of "August" and then a local amateur production before actually reading the play, so I came about the text in a roundabout way. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Peter J. Orvetti
Amazing play, fast-aced, but one of the most depressing pieces I have ever written. How sad that some families actually talk to each other like this very day.Published 11 months ago by Anne Biggs