NYC2… August: Osage County

December 1, 2008

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{above image by Nigel Perry}

I saw the matinee showing of ‘August: Osage County’ on Wednesday, November 19 at the Music Box Theater in New York.  We decided to see it, not because of the wonderful cast or the fact that it won the Pulitzer Prize and a Tony, but because it was set in Oklahoma.  Finally, a Broadway show set in Oklahoma that isn’t a musical … and its good.

—skip the next paragraph if you don’t want to read a plot spoiler—

Its not exactly uplifting though, not even in the slightest.  It is about a family that is brought together by the death of the father.  They soon find out that they need get their mothers pill-popping under control, and that is just the beginning.  There is a married couple falling apart that is parenting a drug addicted teenager, another couple made up of an insecure woman and a child molesting man, and to top it all off an incestuous couple.

But with all that it is kind of a comedy.  Its comedic because you can’t help but laugh at how awkward and personal all the situations are.  You may not have ever experienced any of the above listed abuses (god willing) but seeing it played out, you can’t help but associate.  I loved it, probably because I never have had any of those problems.  If you get the chance, I highly recommend seeing ‘August: Osage County’.

Below is a picture I took on my iPhone of the set.  It was so cool; three stories.

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