August: Osage County (Paperback)

Author: Letts, Tracy

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Publisher Consortium Book Sales & Dist
Mfg Part# 9781559364669
SKU 250963290
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1559364661
Release Date 11/1/2013
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.5L x 0.5T
"AUGUST is probably the most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years. Oh, forget probably: It is, flat-out, no asterisks and without qualifications, the most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years."
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Annotation The subject of angst due to family difficulties has been absolutely desiccated by countless writers over the years, which is what makes AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY such an astounding delight. The ground it covers is well-trodden, yet Tracy Letts's Pulitzer-Prize winning play manages to somehow hop, jump, and stomp across the terrain without ever touching a previous footprint. The problems of the Weston family are myriad, to say the least--booze, pills, pot, adultery, incest. They are a murder away from completing their commemorative set of deadly sins. At the play's outset, Beverly, the family patriarch, retreats mysteriously into the night, never to be heard from again, a surrender which makes perfect sense by the end of the play. His vanishing act forces the family daughters, Barbara, Ivy, and Karen, to return to their childhood home to comfort their mother, Violet, who rewards their devotion by launching into a vicious and relentless barrage of verbal and emotional abuse, from which none will be spared. Much hostility and hilarity ensues, as Violet conducts her symphony of dysfunction. This chillingly bitter old woman, who is addicted to pills and riddled with mouth cancer, is probably the meanest and most memorable character to stalk a Broadway stage in recent memory.
First Line " 'Life is very long...'| T.S. Eliot. I mean...he's given credit for it because he bothered to write it down. He's not the first person to say it...certainly not the first person to think it. Feel it. But he wrote the words on a sheet of paper and signed it and the four-eyed prick was a if you say it, you have to say his name after it.| 'Life is very long': T.S. Eliot."
Editors Note One of the most bracing and critically acclaimed plays in recent Broadway 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.
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