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21019 Star Starred
Ahmanson Theatre
at the Music Center 135 North Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012
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"August: Osage County"
410 ratings
4.5 average rating
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1 review
18 stars
attended Sep 17 2009

What was it all about...? I wondered, as the audience around me shrieked and guffawed and chortled and yipped with laughter. Here is a bunch of dreary characters - each with a nifty little secret to reveal - yelling at each other for - count 'em...continued

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22 reviews
17 stars
attended Sep 08 2009

I saw this play on Broadway last year and was delighted by it. Seeing it again here, I was also delighted and realized how much there is to be gained by a second viewing. This is a very rich play, in humor, in ideas, and in emotions - I see it as...continued

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8 reviews
1 stars
attended Sep 13 2009

This play was a tour de force about dysfunction. It was over 3 hours of watching distubed, venomous people shout scathing inciminations to each other. There was black humor, but at the same time there was very little to laugh about. The comic...continued

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Quotes & Highlights

“It is, flat-out, no asterisks and without qualifications, the most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years.” —The New York Times
“This original and corrosive black comedy deserves a seat at the dinner table with the great American family plays.” —Time
“One of the best plays of the year. A flat out triumph.” —New York Magazine
“Ranks with the best American drama of the past decade.” —USA Today


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.”

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