August: Osage County resumes performances at its new home - the Music Box Theatre
The Steppenwolf Theatre Company's production of Tracy Letts' comic-drama August: Osage County, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, resumes performances this evening (29 Apr 2008) at its new home the Music Box Theatre, where it is currently selling tickets through to 7 Sep 2008.
August: Osage County played its final performance at the Imperial Theatre on 20 Apr 2008, where it opened on 4 Dec 2007, following previews from 30 Oct 2007. The move to the Music Box was necessitated to make space for the Imperial's next arrival, Billy Elliot, which begins previews on 1 Oct 2008.
The play opened to excellent reviews: 'Letts...knows just how to put the "fun" back into "dysfunctional.' (New York Theatre Guide), 'The most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years.' (New York Times); "You're laughing hysterically one minute and appalled the next as the 3 1/2 -hour play flies by" (New York Daily News); "It's enormously entertaining." (New York Post); "Ripping, riveting new play." (NewsDay); "One big, fat, juicy whopper." (Star-Ledger); "Most exciting new plays in years." (The Record); "So darkly delicious and ghastly that you're squirming in your seat even as you're doubled over laughing." (Variety).
August: Osage County: When their patriarch vanishes, the Weston clan must return to their three-story home in rural Oklahoma to get to the heart of the matter.
The drama had its world premiere at Chicago's Steppenwolf, directed Anna D. Shapiro, where it ran from 28 Jun - 26 Aug 2007. The ensemble from that production have reprised their roles for Broadway: Ian Barford, Deanna Dunagan, Kimberly Guerrero, Francis Guinan, Michael McGuire, Mariann Mayberry, Amy Morton, Sally Murphy, Jeff Perry, Rondi Reed and Troy West. The production also includes Brian Kerwin, who joined the ensemble for the comedy's Broadway run.
Anna D. Shapiro, once again directs the production, which marks her Broadway debut. The design team features Todd Rosenthal (sets), Ana Kuzmanic (costumes), Ann Wrightson (lights), Richard Woodbury (sound) and David Singer (original music).
August: Osage County is being produced on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Jean Doumanian, Steve Traxler and Jerry Frankel, in association with Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
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