On Oct. 28, I attended Swine Palace’s production of “August: Osage County.”
Playwright Tracy Letts won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2008 for “Osage County,” which also was awarded a Tony for Best Play for the same year.
Of course, there have been prize-winning productions before that left me wondering how they could have possibly won, but on this occasion I am in full agreement. And I have no regrets that my first chance to see this play was in Baton Rouge through Swine Palace. Among the cast, I don’t think there was a single weak link. Everyone was outstanding, and the leads were phenomenal.
The house that night was slim. I hope this was because on this nonfootball weekend a lot of events were scheduled, and not because of George Morris’s Oct. 28 review in The Advocate.
He admired the set and the actors, but clearly saw no reason to “marinate” in three hours of “dysfunction, depravity, denial and despair.” Moreover, he feels that if the playwright was trying to say something about the American family, it is not apparent.
I probably missed some important insights on the part of the playwright, but the play was so absorbing, the actors so convincing that I left with my own ideas of what had been said about family relationships in contemporary times.
Morris ends that the Weston family of Osage County seems to “have no spiritual, political or traditional underpinnings that could give their lives meaning.”
Perhaps in the future if Morris were to review Disney productions, we might be better served. Meanwhile, I hope Baton Rouge will take this opportunity to visit Osage County.