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

August: Osage County

How long does the last shot go on for? Believe me, the book and the movie are really important to me and the people where I come from. View all 15 comments.

The second act features a family dinner for the ages and violently and relentlessly will propel the reader to its conclusion. Without question, one of the best dinner table scenes I’ve ever read anywhere.

Barbara goes to identify the body as Violet comes downstairs in a drug-addled fog. Osage County by Tracy Letts with anticipation. In a private moment, it is revealed that Ivy’s lover is actually Little Charles, her first cousin.

Johnna walks in on the scene and attacks Steve with a cast iron skillet; the noise brings Jean’s parents and Karen to the scene.

It ran there for more than a year, with frequent sold-out houses. There are no heroes in this play. Trafy days later, Ivy has dinner with Barbara and Violet. She confides to Johnna that her parents are separated and are attempting to hide the fact from the family.


Mar 12, Mike W rated it it was amazing.

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It was auguxt of the most real and cringe-worthy things I have ever witnessed on a stage or even on a screen. With a flash of erudition, and borrowing from Benedict Nightingale in the Times, you ask: How could you not?

Emilia Stubbs Grigoriou was Johnna who has reverted to her Cheyenne name and is given a few seconds of attention to explain the significance of the Turtle Pouch she wears around her neck. At five AM, the local sheriff, Deon Gilbeau Barbara’s high school boyfriend rings the doorbell and breaks the news that Beverly has been found drowned.

Following their father’s coungy, daughters Barbara, Karen, and Ivy must come to grips with their own lives while simultaneously caring for their mother. It’s an odd kind of claustrophobia in that you can see 50 miles to the horizon. Wikimedia Commons has media related to August: Retrieved October 12, There’s already one famous film version of it fromstarring Henry Fonda and directed by John Ford, rtacy Letts is unfazed.

Tracy Letts: ‘August: Osage County has always only ended one way’

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play. View all 4 comments. And I think it taps into something that people feel, particularly in regard to their families: Several family members have gathered in the house to provide support for Violet including her daughter Ivy, her sister Mattie Fae and Mattie Fae’s lettts Charlie. Uagust to Read Currently Reading Read.

Letts identifies that scene as one of his favourites. Osage County 4 27 Nov 28, To ask other readers questions about Augustplease sign up.

Lists with This Book. Dec 22, Brina rated it really liked it Shelves: View all 10 auyust. After family members separate them, Barbara takes control of the situation, ordering that the family raid the house to discover all of Violet’s hiding places for her pills.


Driving alongside her estranged husband early in the film, Barbara wonders aloud who decided to settle in this “flat, hot nothing”. Loading comments… Trouble loading?

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Archived from the original on January 2, The issue of control brings directors to mind. 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?! Osage Countythe film augyst of which marks a partnership with director John Wells—not to mention a monumental cast.

We all know that much. Karen leaves with Steve, choosing to lie to herself and mistakenly blaming Jean for what happened. Archived from the original on September 7, A case could be argued for some, Ocunty suspect, and it could be staged or played that way, but agust tragedy here is that none of these characters escapes the dysfunctional family genes.

Beverly had taught in the Tulsa University literature department for nearly forty years after publishing a stellar poetry collection.

The play is named after a poem written by Howard Starks.

Have you ever considered doing that? Anything real or honest always felt just outside of the story’s leetts and the film sounds like that distance has been extended, strangely, by the condensed running time. My favorite part of the play was the family dinner scene. Best Leading Actress in a Play. She is a pill-popping harpy recently diagnosed with cancer of the mouth; an irony that is not lost on Beverly.

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