August: Osage County
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The play exposes the dark side of the middle American family. When the Westons unexpectedly reunite after dad disappears, their Oklahoman homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets, all overseen by the pill-popping and scathingly acidic matriarch Violet
27 November 2008
The arrival of Steppenwolf of Chicago on the South Bank is a truly momentous occasion. Last seen here in 1989 with a knockout production of The Grapes of Wrath led by founder member Gary Sinise, their incendiary presentation of Tracy Letts’ big and blowsy, Tony-award winning Oklahoma family drama is a sensation: this is simply one of the greatest acting companies in the world and you have to see them.
As director Anna D Shapiro explained to Whatsonstage in this month’s magazine, “August” means the end of something, “Osage” is an indigenous people’s, or native American, term for where they live, and “County” stands for the colonial assignment by other people – Germans, Dutch, New Yorkers, whoever – who displaced them. All these strands exist in the layering of the play contained within a large three-storey house near Pawhuska, sixty miles west of Tulsa.
In the opening scene, the family patriarch Beverly (Chelcie Ross), a booze-sodden 1960s relic of a poet, is...
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William - 20 January 2009:
Enjoyed but confused - what was the significance of Vi knowing that Beverley had checked into a hotel before he was discovered (dead)? ...
Deanna Dunagan (Violet Weston)
Rondi Reed (Mattie Fay Aiken)
Ian Barford (Little Charles)
Kimberly Guerrero (Johnna)
Mariann Mayberry (Karen Weston)
Amy Morton (Barbara Fordham)
Sally Murphy (Ivy Weston)
Jeff Perry (Bill Fordham)
Troy West (Sheriff Deon Gilbeau)
Michael McGuire (Beverly Weston)
Paul Vincent O'Connor (Charlie Aiken)
Molly Ranson (Jean Fordham)