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Opening Night:
December 4, 2007
Closing:
June 28, 2009

Theater: Music Box Theatre / 239 West 45th Street, New York, NY, 10036

Synopsis: 

When the patriarch vanishes, all of the Westons must return to the family home in rural Oklahoma to care for their afflicted (and mistress-of-manipulation) mother. With rich insight and brilliant humor, Letts paints a vivid portrait of a Midwestern family at a turning point.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF august: osage county

    A Fiery New Incarnation of a Monster of a Mother

    CHARLES ISHERWOOD

    July 16, 2008: It’s really not a good idea to mess with Violet Weston, the fire-breathing dragon lady of Pawhuska, Okla., who presides over a feast of family combat in “August: Osage County.” As all who have seen Tracy Letts’s celebrated comedy-drama on Broadway no doubt vividly recall, Violet does not brook much interference when it comes to indulging her favorite pastimes.

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  • NEWSDAY REVIEW OF august: osage county

    Tracy Letts' ripping, riveting new play, August: Osage County, the new Broadway season's first must-see offering and arguably the best new American play since Albee's The Goat.

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  • USA TODAY REVIEW OF august: osage county

  • VARIETY REVIEW OF august: osage county

    Ferociously entertaining August: Osage County, the American dysfunctional family drama comes roaring into the 21st 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.

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  • NEW YORK DAILY NEWS REVIEW OF august: osage county

    Letts' perspective is bracingly fresh. He lets fly so many original and diabolically funny ideas about fear, yearning and relationships that he reinvigorates the family drama and brings it up to date. While he's at it, you're laughing hysterically one minute and appalled the next as the 3 1/2 -hour play flies by.

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  • NEW YORKER REVIEW OF august: osage county

    In much of his work, the forty-two-year-old Oklahoman playwright Tracy Letts beautifully captures the puritan streak in the American grain. Like the filmmaker Sam Peckinpah and the Southern novelist and short-story writer Flannery O'Connor, Letts is an artist who creates drama by pitting violence against our banal sense of decency.

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  • REVIEW OF august: osage county

    Eugene O'Neill wrote a drama about family life in 2007, what would it look like? Take a look at Tracy Letts' August: Osage County, a kind of contemporary mix of Long Day's Journey Into Night and The Little Foxes that is superb in its own right.

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  • THEATERMANIA REVIEW OF august: osage county

    Clocking in at three hours and twenty minutes, Tracy Letts' superb new play, August: Osage County, is not exactly a light evening in the theater. It is, however, richly rewarding. Steppenwolf Theatre Company has assembled an excellent ensemble cast -- nearly all of whom originated their roles in the work's acclaimed Chicago run -- under the sharp and incisive direction of Anna D. Shapiro.

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  • TIME REVIEW OF august: osage county

    The #1 Play of the Year! This original and corrosive black comedy deserves a seat at the dinner table with the great American family plays.

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