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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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Osage County by Tracy Letts. One of the most bracing and critically acclaimed plays in recent history, August: Osage County is a portrait of the dysfunctional American family at its finest—and absolute worst.

When the patriarch of the Weston clan disappears one hot summer night, the family reunites at the Oklahoma homestead, where long-held secrets are unflinchingly and uproariously revealed.

The thre One of the most bracing and critically acclaimed plays in recent history, August: The three-act, three-and-a-half-hour mammoth of a play combines epic tragedy with black comedy, dramatizing three generations of unfulfilled dreams and leaving not one of its thirteen characters unscathed. Paperbackpages. Published February 1st by Theatre Communications Group. Pawhuska, OklahomaUnited States. Pulitzer Prize for Drama To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Augustplease sign up.

Lists with This Book. Dec 22, Brina rated it really liked it Shelves: Following in his mother’s footsteps, Tracey Letts became a playwright, most notably of August: In Osage County, the dysfunctional Weston family has gathered to assist their mother Violet after their father Beverly’s funeral.

Beverly and Violet Weston lived in a small Oklahoma town southeast of Tulsa. Beverly had taught in the Tulsa University literature department for nearly forty years after publishing a stellar poetry collection. Yet, he allowed the early fame to get to him, often at the expense of his wife and three daughters. Over the course of their marriage, Beverly and Violet separated three times to clear the air, yet inevitably reconciled.

As a result, Violet became a pill popper and the three daughters carried baggage for their entire adult lives. Following their father’s death, daughters Barbara, Karen, and Ivy must come to grips with their own lives while simultaneously caring for their mother. Barbara the oldest is in the throes of a divorce and raising a difficult teenaged daughter; however, she has declared herself the matriarch of the house. Meanwhile, youngest daughter Karen is finally getting married to a business man ten years her senior, while middle daughter Ivy desires to run off to New York with her first cousin.

Total family dysfunction and chaos ensues as the entire family must live under one roof for as long as it takes Violet to get back on her feet. While the multi-layered characters appear powerful in book form, they inevitable are much more poignant on stage.


From the exchanges between the sisters and their spouses to rants of Barbara to her mother or her daughter, this three act play is best seen on stage or a staged televised production. Yet, Letts has crafted a modern classic play rife with memorable characters, who will stay with me even in written format. ForI have devised myself a Pulitzer challenge across many genres, and Osage County is my first completed work.

A play reminiscing on a lifetime of what ifs, August: Osage County is a play not to be missed.

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Tracey Letts has created a powerful drama, which I hope to see one day on stage. Coknty also look forward to reading Letts’ other dramas. A tale of a dysfunctional Oklahoma family, Osage County is a solid 4 stars.

View all 15 comments. Feb 18, Brian rated it really liked it. And like those plays, it is saturated with anger and bitterness and love, and all those complex emotions that make us human.

Tracy Letts has written the text in a very simple direct style that flows easily, and odage structure of the piece fills out nicely. It opens with a p “It lives where everything lives: 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.

Written in three acts, the same structure that many great American plays seem to share, the first act pulls you in with an interesting ensemble and plotlines that hint at more under the surface. The second act features a family dinner for the ages and violently and relentlessly will propel the reader to its conclusion.

The third act contains more scenes, seems to have a quicker pace, and really punches the reader in the gut with many moments that come up in quick succession.

August: Osage County by Tracy Letts

In the hands of a talented director and cast this play would be a gripping night in the theatre. Tfacy key moment that stood out to me was Act 3: That moment of acknowledging that she will never get the answers she deserves is recognizable, trxcy painful, to anyone who has suffered through a breakup where the communication was less than should be desired. And really, that lack of honest communication is what the play is about in general.

Our inability to be honest with others, and ourselves, is a profound recognition trcay you see in yourself as you read this play.

Which brings me to the ending of the piece, a dark warning that to live your life without honesty and kindness will catch up to you at some point. View all 5 comments. Sep 12, Michelle rated it it was amazing Shelves: I was fortunate enough to see it performed in San Francisco last month. I was especially fortunate to see Estelle Parsons reprise her Broadway role as family matriarch Violet Weston.

I just learned that the woman is eighty years old!

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. Osage County can be described as a darkly comic drama about a dysfunctional family in Oklahoma.


It is so dark and so bleak and yet so hilarious — sometimes all at the same time. I am sure many people can probably relate to at least part of the family dynamic.

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Beverly and Violet, the husband and wife, probably loved each other once, but their relationship has degenerated into bitterness and passive-aggressive behavior.

She is a pill-popping harpy recently diagnosed with cancer of the mouth; an irony that is not lost on Beverly. He is an alcoholic and the poetic equivalent of a one-hit-wonder. They have three grown daughters, and two of them live out of state while one has stayed in their hometown.

The tension is palpable. My favorite part of the play was the family dinner scene. It was one of the most real and cringe-worthy things I have ever witnessed on a stage or even on a screen.

I read it because I just wanted to experience the Westons one more time. What a sad and beautiful treat. View all 10 comments.

Jul 27, Sawsan rated it liked it. A play by the american author Tracy Letts reunion of a family at August, Osage County a lot of emotional damages and secrets have been hidden for years after days of confrontation between the family members they left home with feelings of grief and hurt more than before good family drama, and the details of the characters are well written. View all 8 comments.

Jun 09, Amanda rated it it was amazing Recommended to Amanda by: This play deserves every hint of praise and recognition it’s ever been given. A perfect blend of realistic household bullshit and and spectacularly weird fuckeduppery, the Weston family grabbed my heart and ripped it out through my tearducts.

How can you know when enough is enough? Or when it’s not enough? How do you swim through oceanic waves of family crisis, when the breakers are nothing but violent reflections of your own personal doom? This play is both human and ani Oh. This play is both human and animal at the same time. And regardless of the fact that some of the shit that goes down is pretty twisty, I’m astounded by Letts’ perfect psychological portrayal of humanity kicking itself in the crotch.

Fuck, this play is good. View all 4 comments. Dec 31, Paquita Maria Sanchez rated it really liked it Shelves: Way better than expected. I hate to see Oklahoma so neatly dispatched, but at least it was an Okie who did it. Apr 09, Lavinia rated it it was amazing Shelves: I would love to see this performed but I’ll settle for the star-studded movie version for the time being.

A tragedy triggers a perfect storm that will leave the Weston family relationships in ruins. I loved the author used humour to relive the hard blows that the family secrets delivered. I remember watching Maryl Streep playing Violet stunning performance in the movie version, and I loved reading the play just as much.

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