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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Nick Hern Books (1 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848420250
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848420250
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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TRACY LETTS is the author of Superior Donuts, Killer Joe, Bug and A Man from Nebraska, which was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. He is a member of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where August: Osage County premiered.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 27 Jun. 2008
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A dilapidated, one hundred year-old farmhouse on the plains outside Tulsa has been the home of the Weston family for generations, and Beverly Weston, the family patriarch, has long found refuge in alcohol. His termagant wife Violet takes pills, whatever pills she can lay hands on, and the two have little in common and have not really communicated for years. Bev, who once published a collection of poetry, now spends time quoting T. S. Eliot, and Eliot's line that "Life is very long..." serves as a motto for Bev in his life. Bev's Prologue sets the tone for the play, and when Act One begins, Bev has disappeared. The family has gathered to support each other while they await news on his whereabouts.

A dysfunctional family which represents just about every problem a family can have, the Westons who have gathered are the three daughters of Bev and Violet, along with Violet's sister Mattie Fay, her husband, and adult son. Barbara, at forty-six the eldest of the children, has arrived with her husband and precocious fourteen-year-old daughter. Ivy Weston, age forty-four, is unmarried, constantly resisting her mother's meddlesome probing and her cruel remarks about catching a man. Karen Weston, the youngest, at forty, has brought her fifty-year-old fiancé with her. In the course of the three hours or more of this play, the family, overwhelmed by the selfish mean-spiritedness Violet, reveals and/or deals with their self-destructive behavior on all levels--from addictions, unhappy marriages, and infidelity, to sadism, suicide, pedophilia, and even incest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Natalie Stephens on 8 Jun. 2013
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It's not often I cannot put a book down, but this was so engrossing to me. I found myself able to identify with almost every character. I was especially struck by Mattie Fae and how she treated her son. Of course, near the end, we find out why this is.

The dynamic between the 3 sisters was also very interesting to me. Being 1 of 3 girls myself, I couldn't help but compare my sisters and me to the Weston's..

Superbly written by Tracy Letts.

Bravo!

.....cannot wait for the film!!!!!
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This is a stunning play. One that goes back to the American dramatist roots. Think Whos afraid of Vaginia Woolf and the American chamber plays of the last century.
A traditional 3 act play about a large family coming home to support their mother in the disappearance of her husband. All the characters are flawed and have secrets. In the course of the next few days all the bad blood and family secrets are going to get aired out and the final mystery of what happened to the father is going to have consequences for them all. Characters are often on stage at the same time having conversations in different rooms giving the play a slightly farcical structure. The action and dialogue is very well managed are built up into scenes bubbling over with tension and surprises.

This is a huge leap up from Lett's previous plays. A modern epic of a play. One of the best plays in recent years because of the writing and not just the spectacle so its well worth reading. Hopefully the rights will become available and affordable because it would be a great play for small companies with a large cast to perform. Its good to see some strong female parts in theater.
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A film with the same name has recently been released, featuring, among others, Meryl Streep. I saw an interview with her on YOUTUBE, in which she expressed her appreciation of the original play, but mentioned that it was very long and had to be cut to make the film.
I decided to buy the play, and as it can do "text to speech" Iistened to it in this way. It took a bit of getting used to, because each character is named before each speech, but after a while one gets used to it, and being a play it is obviously better to hear the dialogue than to read it.
It is a really gripping story and I thoroughly enjoyed it, and can recommend it to anyone who is not shocked by bad language.
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Brilliant play, and the book itself was as good as new. I read it in a breath and I am very pleased with this purchase!
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