Friday, September 1, 2017

Review: August: Osage County

Jason Haws and Ann Flannigan
Clockwise from left: Janette Oswald, Brian Pucheu, Jason Haws, Bill Johns,  Diane Goodknight. Photo courtesy Harlequin Productions

The Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play August: Osage County by Tracy Letts is a play unlike any other. The story unfolds, or should we say erupts, over a few weeks in the rural Oklahoma home of Beverly and Violet Weston. It opens with Beverly, a crusty but kindly old drunk played by the inimitable Russ Holm, hiring Johnna, a young Cherokee woman (Mackenzie Platt), as a housekeeper. “My wife takes pills and I drink,” he tells her. Not long after, Beverly disappears and ...

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