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'Sensationally entertaining...Tracy Letts' fiercely funny, turbo-charged tragicomedy is, flat-out, no asterisks and without qualifications, the most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years.' --New York Times

The best American drama of the past decade. --USA Today

This original and corrosive black comedy deserves a seat at the dinner table with the great American family plays. --Time

The best American drama of the past decade. --USA Today

This original and corrosive black comedy deserves a seat at the dinner table with the great American family plays. --Time

The best American drama of the past decade. --USA Today

This original and corrosive black comedy deserves a seat at the dinner table with the great American family plays. --Time --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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A hugely-acclaimed black comedy exposing the dark side of the Midwestern American family.

When the large Weston family is reunited in Oklahoma after the disappearance of their father, they let loose a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets.

First staged in the UK at the National Theatre in 2008 following its premiere in Chicago, August: Osage County won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Tony Award for Best Play and Critics' Circle Award for Best Play.

The film of August: Osage County, starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor and Benedict Cumberbatch, opened in 2014. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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HASH(0xdc42c5f0) étoiles sur 5 Peyton Place, Oklahoma-style. 21 septembre 2010
Par Robert Beveridge - Publié sur
Format: Broché
Tracy Letts, August: Osage County (Theatre Communications Group, 2008)

I've been trying to figure out what to say about August: Osage County for a few months now, and I never really come up with anything that works. So this is probably going to be a short, disjointed review about a very long, perfectly-constructed play. It involves a family, most of whom haven't seen each other in a very long time, and most of whom don't really like one another all that well, who get together in a house in the middle of nowhere after the family patriarch, a one-hit-wonder poet who's been trying to finish another book for decades, goes missing. We meet him briefly in the opening, then his just vanishes. From there, it's what Faulkner described of the writing of As I Lay Dying: you take a family and you throw every bad thing at them you've got and see how they react. And the bad things run the gamut. I'd tell you about some of them, but I really don't want to spoil the pleasure of reading this for yourself. The less you know about this play and the characters who inhabit it before you dig in, the better off you will be. It is a phenomenal piece of work, and deserves to be read (and seen) by as many people as possible. **** ½
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HASH(0xdc43301c) étoiles sur 5 Summer and Smoke (and Pills) 11 février 2008
Par D. N. Stone - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
When The Stern Librarian saw this show in New York recently she heard lot of debate at intermission (both of them!) about whether Tracy Letts has a written a classic to stand with the best of Eugene O'Neill and Tennessee Williams, or whether the play is a Carol Burnett spoof of those masters. Anyone who thinks this play is nothing but a bawdy of exchange of insults and swears (and catfights about catfish) should read the published play. On the page it is abundantly clear that the poetry quoted in the lovely opening scene by the doomed husband finds its messy, human correlative in the scenes that follow, with language so memorable it deserves to be printed on t-shirts and sold in the lobby. This is a masterpiece from beginning to end, from August to tragic December. The Stern Librarian (I get a lot of reading done in the TKTS booth).
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HASH(0xdc4341d4) étoiles sur 5 Appalling, Funny, and Viciously Nihlistic 10 février 2011
Par Gary F. Taylor - Publié sur
Format: Broché
Debuting in 2007, Tracy Letts' AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY was an instant critical success, and many compared Letts with such Eugene O'Neill and his LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT and Edward Albee and his WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF. Letts certainly has the great sense of theatre that characterizes these writers and their plays, but in truth one might better describe him as the Jacqueline Susann of the theatrical world, with AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY something like a rural VALLEY OF THE DOLLS. Alcohol, drugs, suicide, nasty divorce, ill-advised marriage, seduction, child molestation, incest, and racism are the fabric of his tale--tossed about with considerable profanity and some of the nastiest dark humor imaginable. "She smuggled Darvocet into the psych ward in her vagina," daughter Barbara says acidly of her drug-addicted mother Violet. "There's your Greatest Generation for you. She made this speech to us while she was clenching a bottle of pills in her cooch, for God's sake."

The play opens as Beverly Weston, a noted poet, retired professor, and practicing alcoholic interviews Johnna for the position of housekeeper, cook, and his wife Violet's keeper. Beverly is drunk, but not so drunk that he cannot give a mean lecture on the tendencies of Hart Crane, John Berryman, and T.S. Eliot in a stream of remarks that eventually become the intellectual key of the play--for Eliot, he has made a disastrous marriage and like Crane and Berryman he is preparing to commit suicide. His death has the effect of bringing together his family: wife Violet; daughter Barbara, her faithless husband Bill, and their pot-smoking teenage girl; daughter Ivy, unmarried but having a secret affair that will explode with disastrous consequences; and daughter Karen, about to marry a man with a criminal background and fondness for teenage girls. Once installed under the same roof, the family explodes in a series of vicious but often horrifyingly funny screaming matches. As the battle settles, daughter Barbara assums control of the family, only to find it a hollow victory, and the play ends with a quotation from Eliot's THE WASTE LAND, an apt conclusion for this study of nuclear family apocalypse.

To describe the play as intense would be an understatement, and it does indeed walk in the footsteps of LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT and WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF--and if you don't care for either of those shows you are unlikely to care much for this either, with its wordy script and three-hour-plus run time. But like it or not, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY is important in some of the same ways as JOURNEY and WOOLF, for like them it sounds a disturbing note of nihlism in the midst of the American dream and ultimately shakes us out of our complacency. When I review a script, I like to note that plays are not actually intended to be read: they are meant to be heard and seen in performance on a stage. Consequently, it is sometimes difficult to imagine how the thing works when it is on its feet in front of an audience. I think the average reader will find AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY easy to read, but I also suspect they will miss a great deal of the play's dark humor, so unless you're used to reading plays you might want to wait for a production in your area.

GFT, Amazon Reviewer
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HASH(0xdc433a18) étoiles sur 5 Dont buy the kindle edition 26 décembre 2013
Par Margaret Prentice - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
The formatting errors in this e book make it almost impossible to read. I am terribly disappointed with the quality of this. To be fair it may not be the authors fault but maybe this with get someone to fix these problems. If the problems are fixed and I am able to complete I will be sure to revise my review.
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HASH(0xdc434474) étoiles sur 5 Best Play of the Decade 2 décembre 2010
Par Patrick Cronin - Publié sur
Format: Broché
When I went to New York three years ago it was to see this play. I bought 250 dollar seats on line and I usually only buy at the TKTS Booth. Well as I sat there and the scene with the father and the new housekeeper unfolded I thought, "....not since Long Days Journey Into Night...not since Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf...". When it ended and I found myself on my feat screaming with the rest of the audience, I decided to come back again the next night and see it again. Rumor has it that they'll make the film with Meryl Streep and she'll be wonderful but there was nothing like that Chicago company filling the stage with blood and anger and power and all of the things that most plays lack poetry and anguish. It won't be the same thing...."on the stage not on the page".....but do yourself a favor and buy this now and enter the world of a family that is mythic and which reaches out and enters your soul in a way few works do. Does it have flaws? Yes. It has at least one plot too many but that is a minor complaint when you think of the power of this play.
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