Tony- and Pulitzer-Winning Play August: Osage County at the Ahmanson
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The last date listed for August: Osage County was Friday October 16, 2009 / 7:30pm.
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Barry Manilow returns to his first love, writing musicals, with the much-anticipated Harmony. This musical story of the world's first hit boy band is based on the true tale of six talented young Germans who came together in the 1920s and took the world by storm. With a signature blend of sophisticated close harmonies and hilarious stage antics, the Comedian Harmonists were an actual group that sold millions of records, starred in films and packed the prestigious concert halls around the globe -- until the rise of Nazi Germany split them apart. Inspired by the story, Manilow and his co-creator, writer-lyricist Bruce Sussman, created this musical with an original score that celebrates this extraordinary group of friends and their quest for true harmony in one of the most discordant periods of world history. Learn More
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Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Kristina
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I didn’t know much about this play, just heard good reviews about it and that it had won a Pulitzer Prize along with 4 or 5 Tony award winner. So I thought I can’t miss that. I didn’t know till I got there and was reading about it in the play bill that it was 3 hours long.
It starts off a bit slow at first. I was worried I was in for a very long night. But soon I found myself sucked in by the character, wanting to know more and more about them. They talked like real people, they were real people. I never once thought that I was watching actors. It felt like watching real life. They were their characters. The entire cast was so amazing!
It was a smart, funny, and very well written play. My only gripe was it seemed the audients may have exaggerated their laughter. I my self did laugh out loud a hand full of times. (Especially at the fish scene, if you see the play you will definitely know what I’m talking about.) But some of the dialogue was drowned out due to audients exaggerated laughter. It might have been because it was an older crowd and they laugh at more things then I do. Maybe I’m just jaded in that way. But to make sure I looked at my boyfriend a few times to see if he found it funny and he was even laughing less them me. But the fish scene, everyone in the house was laughing!
The third act was the best. It all came together and gave you a lot of good unexpected turns. It really had me on the edge of my seat. Over all the play didn’t seam that long. The intermissions were kept short, and it never seemed to drag on. Every second of the play was necessary to the story. I don’t think they could have made it any shorter. I would recommend seeing it if you’re a fan of plays. But if your not, you might find it hard staying for 3 hours. I expected it to be a little greater and life changing for having won a Pulitzer. But it was a good play, with a very good cast, and great writing!
One thing the boyfriend did point out (him being a fan of rap and all) as he put it “There was more curse words in this play then any rap song he’s heard in the past couple of years. And none of these republicans seem to have a problem with it.” That did seem of value to me. To warn people who might be thinking of taking their preteens to this play; leave them at home with the sitter. It’s not really for them. It is on the dark side and some of the topics such as drug use & drug abuse, infidelity, pedophilia, and incest are not for a younger audience.
Note* Remember to bring a shawl, sweater, or jacket; it gets very cold in the theater.
Quotes & Highlights
- "It is, flat-out, no asterisks and without qualifications, the most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years." --<em>The New York Times</em>
- "This original and corrosive black comedy deserves a seat at the dinner table with the great American family plays." --<em>Time</em>
- "One of the best plays of the year. A flat out triumph." --<em>New York Magazine</em>
- "Ranks with the best American drama of the past decade." --<em>USA Today</em>
Written by Tracy Letts
Directed by Anna D. Shapiro
August: Osage County is a grand, gripping new play which tells the story of the Westons, a large extended clan that comes together at their rural Oklahoma homestead when the alcoholic patriarch disappears. Forced to confront unspoken truths and astonishing secrets, the family must also contend with Violet, a pill-popping, deeply unsettled grandmother at the center of this storm.
August: Osage County is a rare theatrical event — a large-scale work filled with unforgettable characters, a powerful tale told with unflinching honesty.
Academy Award®-winner Estelle Parsons stars as the family matriarch Violet, reprising her role from Broadway where The New York Times raved, “Estelle Parsons gives a superb performance … sends chills down your spine. It may prove to be a crowning moment in an illustrious career.”