August: Osage County

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When theater is good, there’s nothing like it. Last night Jess and I were treated to one of the best things I’ve seen on Broadway in a long time, August: Osage County. The Gotham Gal saw it right after it opened and absolutely loved it, so we made plans to see it on our date night. It did not disappoint.

The play is about the Weston family of Osage County Oklahoma and what happens after their father dies. It’s a pretty typical anchor for a story, but this one’s a doozy. The acting, particularly the mother Violet, played by Deanna Dunagan and shown in the photo above, and the oldest sister Barbara, played by Amy Morton, is outstanding. Both Dunagan and Morton received Tony nominations for best actress. That will be a hard choice to pick a winner from those two. The play is also up for a Tony and has already won a Pulitzer.

I am telling you, if you see one show on Broadway this year, make it August: Osage County. A warning though, it’s three hours long with two intermissions. That would normally kill me, but I was on the edge of my seat all night last night.