I saw August Osage yesterday afternoon. Initially I was hesitant to go see it. 3 1/2 hours for a play? But, I had heard it was a must see. I bought two tickets, one for myself and a friend. Couldn’t imagine Fred lasting 3 1/2 hours through a play when he barely makes it through 2 hours. My mistake, he would have loved it.
My expectations were high from all the chatter I had heard and the praise was right on the money. The play is brilliant. 3 1/2 hours flies by. The acting is fantastic, the story line is riveting. A layered plot of a family from Oklahoma who comes together because their father is missing. The lines are sharp. The characters are so engaging I felt like I was reading a good novel. The playwright, Tracy Letts, doesn’t miss a trick. Watching history repeat itself through each generation. The relationships between mother and daughters, husband and wife, pecking order between the siblings, etc. Insightful, funny, dysfunctional, drug addicting, abusive. I could go on and on.
Leaving the theater, one can’t help but reflect on their own families although the Westons ( main family in August Osage ) hopefully beats out anyone in being dysfunctional by a long shot. One of the best plays I have seen in years and probably one of the best plays that I will ever see on Broadway. August Osage is an instant classic.