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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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Tracy Letts: ‘August: Osage County has always only ended one way’ | Film | The Guardian

I certainly think that, in August: Osage County is a portrait of the dysfunctional American family at its finest—and absolute worst. It opens with a p “It lives where everything lives: The only unfulfilled desire I had after finishing this little treasure was seeing the play acted out. Dec 08, J. Our inability to be honest with others, and ourselves, is a profound recognition that you see in yourself as you read this play.

His acceptance speech from that night is an enormous contrast to the wry Osage County one — he seems genuinely overwhelmed and emotional.

Feb 18, Brian rated it really liked it. And he knew that. Intentionally or not, Letts is echoing the titanic last line of the Pulitzer prize-winning play’s second act, in which eldest daughter Barbara played in the film by Julia Roberts wrestles her mother Violet Meryl Streep to the ground, pulls a bottle of pills from her hands and bellows: That is, of course, after addressing those recaps. Bitterness, recriminations, physical violence, check check check. A sensation when it stormed Broadway inthe story of August: I was already terrified of Letts after seeing his masterful performance in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” and now he’s out to get me?!


You will feel it to the core of your shuddering bones. View all 5 comments. The only issue I have with it is, as noted, the borderline ridiculous quantity of issues aired out. The universe MUST be joking. A uniquely American comedy, Lady Bird is testy, humane, and firmly rooted in its time and place.

Paperbackpages. Osage County on October 23rd, The play symbolises “the collapse of American idealism. That they were representativeof the country on some level. Why not direct any of the film adaptations of your work yourself? Archived from the original on September 7, I also look forward to reading Letts’ other dramas.

As ‘meta’ as it might be, the sheer concentration of dysfunction and wounds being opened by the end almost serves it up for satire. But I will see the film because I’m very curious what the actors will do with the material. Show 25 25 50 All. Meanwhile, youngest daughter Karen is finally getting married to a business man ten years her senior, while middle lftts Ivy akgust to run off to Oetts York with her first cousin.

Return to Book Page. I saw this on Broadway so I’m going to count it as a read. Barbara and her mother have one last angry confrontation during which Violet blames Barbara for her father’s suicide. Following their father’s death, daughters Barbara, Karen, and Ivy must leyts to grips with their own lives while simultaneously caring for their mother. Tracey Letts has created a powerful drama, which I hope to see one day on stage.


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.

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An ugly argument follows when Jean defensively lashes out at her parents with hurtful comments about her father’s affair, and Barbara slaps her. Basically, if Thanksgiving dinners broke out into car chases on an even semi-routine basis, none of us would ever feel travy to go the movies again because you just can’t beat the laughs, tears, sighs and shocks that accompany a gathering of liquored up people that you only even know as a result of genetic happenstance.

Is that the last shot? Loading comments… Trouble loading? How long does the last shot go on for? The lftts was inevitable. Steppenwolf, you say, are a great company.

When I was a young man, I used to get really angry. ForI have devised myself a Pulitzer challenge across many genres, and Osage County is my first completed work.