AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY BOOK
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Toggle navigation Choose Section. Characters Violet Weston. Barbara Fordham. Bill Fordham. Tracy Letts. Dark Comedy. Dramatist Play Service. Mostly female cast Includes mature adult, elderly, adult, young adult characters. He is an alcoholic and the poetic equivalent of a one-hit-wonder. They have three grown daughters, and two of them live out of state while one has stayed in their hometown. The tension is palpable.
My favorite part of the play was the family dinner scene.
It was one of the most real and cringe-worthy things I have ever witnessed on a stage or even on a screen. I read it because I just wanted to experience the Westons one more time.
What a sad and beautiful treat. View all 10 comments. Jun 09, Amanda rated it it was amazing Recommended to Amanda by: This play deserves every hint of praise and recognition it's ever been given. A perfect blend of realistic household bullshit and and spectacularly weird fuckeduppery, the Weston family grabbed my heart and ripped it out through my tearducts.
How can you know when enough is enough? Or when it's not enough? How do you swim through oceanic waves of family crisis, when the breakers are nothing but violent reflections of your own personal doom? This play is both human and ani Oh.
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This play is both human and animal at the same time. And regardless of the fact that some of the shit that goes down is pretty twisty, I'm astounded by Letts' perfect psychological portrayal of humanity kicking itself in the crotch. Fuck, this play is good. View all 4 comments. Apr 09, Lavinia rated it it was amazing Shelves: I would love to see this performed but I'll settle for the star-studded movie version for the time being.
Dec 31, Paquita Maria Sanchez rated it really liked it Shelves: Way better than expected. I hate to see Oklahoma so neatly dispatched, but at least it was an Okie who did it. Familia disfuncional con mas basura bajo la alfombra de la que cualquiera puede asimilar. Entretenido para pasar el rato.
A tragedy triggers a perfect storm that will leave the Weston family relationships in ruins. Talk about drama! I loved the author used humour to relive the hard blows that the family secrets delivered. I remember watching Maryl Streep playing Violet stunning performance in the movie version, and I loved reading the play just as much.
Feb 27, Ana rated it really liked it Shelves: This play messed up my brain I have book hangover so we'll talk about it later. Pues no me esperaba que me gustase tanto Nov 19, Daniel rated it it was amazing Shelves: It seems like it's been far too long since we've had a living-room drama play that is actually touching and disturbing and hysterically funny as well. I snorted with laughter and cringed with disgust while reading this. It was easy to imagine it staged, a real plus for script reading!
There are no heroes in this play. There are heroic moments by individuals, but really, no one comes away stronger or better off. A case could be argued for some, I suspect, and it could be staged or played that way, It seems like it's been far too long since we've had a living-room drama play that is actually touching and disturbing and hysterically funny as well.
A case could be argued for some, I suspect, and it could be staged or played that way, but the tragedy here is that none of these characters escapes the dysfunctional family genes. If anyone ever wonders what the term 'dysfunctional' really means, or implies, this script could be THE example.
I don't necessarily mean the actual running time though it would probably clock in at about 3 hours , but there were so many subplots that needed a resolution, and each ended as disastrously and dysfunctionally as the previous one, that it actually got tedious.
On the other hand the fact that each subplot actually had a resolution was a precious treat. Did Karen's fiancee Steve really have to be so stereotypically a letcherous jerk? Sure, it shows that Karen can't escape the tradition of dysfuntion by choosing such for a partner, but it did have me shaking my head, thinking, "Oh, come on.
View 2 comments. Aug 15, Jason rated it it was amazing. Hit the nail on the head with this one.
August: Osage County Summary & Study Guide
Osage County has been dysfunctionally raw since the beginning. It is a place of treachery, murder, and hardship on the macro, and with this contemporary glimpse of the micro, this story is congruous with its past. The characters are alive.
They breathe and weep and scorn through every scene. The plot was so simple that it had to be what it was. The plot was inevitable. Oklahoma was an ambivalent space of colliding cultures, not a melting pot but a caldron Hit the nail on the head with this one. Oklahoma was an ambivalent space of colliding cultures, not a melting pot but a caldron of dissonant, vibrating identities, identities on a path toward destruction, identities poised to give up.
The only unfulfilled desire I had after finishing this little treasure was seeing the play acted out. Oct 02, Kenny rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nov 23, William2 rated it it was amazing Shelves: I saw this on Broadway so I'm going to count it as a read.
Fantastic production with Estelle Parsons as the crazy mother. No me ha gustado nada de nada. Me ha parecido una historia sin sentido e inconclusa.
Chapeau a eso. En fin Avem de toate aici: Feb 05, Vasileios rated it it was amazing Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Given that there aren't many 2-star-or-below ratings, nor reviews with such ratings, I figured I should write something that may give another reader some sort of review to relate with as I was searching for one earlier, but was left disappointed by the rather superficial reviews, e.
This play has a good amount of potential in it. References to Eliot's The Hollow Men, a set-up of comme Given that there aren't many 2-star-or-below ratings, nor reviews with such ratings, I figured I should write something that may give another reader some sort of review to relate with as I was searching for one earlier, but was left disappointed by the rather superficial reviews, e.
References to Eliot's The Hollow Men, a set-up of commentary on Native American-White relations in the Midwest Oklahoma , and a running commentary on the "relativeness" of literature. However, these aspects including an exploration of time and death, as is usual in just about any piece of literature sort of get thrown by the wayside and we mostly see family dysfunction taken to a rather extreme level to the point of dysfunction-for-dysfunction's-sake.
The premise is rather cliche: And we have to wait a little while until we find out that he has committed suicide - but the only thing that seems important in starting out by hiding this information is to show the reaction of the family to this news, of which there is barely anything.
The tale continues on as if his death is not even needed other than to bring this family together - which is a rather amateur use of instrumentalism.
What Really Happened With The Ending Of 'August: Osage County'?
An aspect of the play I felt to be superfluous was Jean smoking pot, and then Steve hitting on her. This was predictable from their very first interaction. The play is already full of dysfunction without adding this on top of it.
It's all just way overdone; in its quantity, all the potential quality that we started out with ends in a huge disappointment. We already understand how fucked up the world is; show us something more interesting.
Jan 03, Lesley rated it really liked it Shelves: This was a fast read because it is written in screenplay format. It does dyfunstional family well, drinking, drugs, cheating, lies and other secrets for this family in Oklahoma!
August: Osage County
I think its dark comedy at times or to tell in the play format but that's how my sense of humor took it. I liked this story better than I thought, I read this as its part of a challenge I am doing!
Jun 04, Kazza rated it it was amazing Shelves: A dysfunctional family dynamic on full and earnest display. The writer play write effectively nails the psychology of you can't see the forest for the trees of certain situations, especially pertaining to love and family. Jan 26, Nat Walton rated it it was amazing Shelves: She can keep the blood in her own veins flowing only by drawing blood from others. The results are as harrowing as they are hilarious. Dunagan is simply magnificent in this fabulously meaty role.
I was cowering myself. Newsletter Sign Up Please verify you're not a robot by clicking the box. Invalid email address. Please re-enter.Due to a serious fall during its final week of rehearsal, the director had to step in for the lead and perform the role of Violet Weston.
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That's how it has always ended, that's how it will always end. Wikimedia Commons has media related to August: Late that night, Steve and Jean share a joint, and before long, Steve attempts to molest Jean.
The rift between husband and wife was only exacerbated by issues surrounding Violet's mouth cancer, their relationship only one of the many dysfunctions between family members.