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Play Review: August Osage County

Anton Anderssen

Issue date: 2/16/10 Section: Arts & Entertainment
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Steppenwolf's "August: Osage County" comes to the Fisher Theatre February 19 - 21, starring Estelle Parsons, best known to television viewers as the mother on Roseanne. Telling the bitingly funny and sensationally entertaining tale of the Weston family of Pawhuska, Oklahoma, August: Osage County comes to Detroit for five performances only.

The 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play is written by 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy Letts.

This grand and gripping new play tells the story of the Westons, a large extended clan that comes together at their rural Oklahoma homestead after the alcoholic patriarch disappears. Forced to confront unspoken truths and astonishing secrets, the family must also contend with Violet, a pill-popping, deeply unsettled woman at the center of the storm.

Estelle Parsons (Violet Weston) was an original member of the NBC-TV "Today Show" and was the first woman to do news reporting for a television network.

She made her Broadway debut in Happy Hunting with Ethel Merman and received Tony nominations for The Seven Descents Of Myrtle, And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little, Miss Margarida's Way and Morning's at Seven. She has appeared with Steppenwolf in Rod Wooden's Your Home in the West and Alan Bennett's Talking Heads.

She won an Academy Award for her performance in the film Bonnie and Clyde and was nominated for her performance in Rachel, Rachel. Other films include I Never Sang for My Father, Don't Drink The Water, Watermelon Man, For Pete's Sake, Dick Tracy, Al Pacino's Looking for Richard and more.

On television she starred as "Roseanne"'s mother for ten years, appeared often on "All in the Family" and "Archie's Place", starred in "The UFO Incident", "Empire Falls" and more. She was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2004.

Performance times for August: Osage County Feb. 19-21, 2010 at the Fisher Theatre, located at 3011 W. Grand Blvd., in Detroit, are: Friday through Sunday performances at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinees at 1:30 p.m. Ticket prices for the Detroit engagement of August: Osage County are $59.50(inclusive of parking and facility fees). For more information on August: Osage County, please visit www.augustonbroadway.com .

Tickets for all shows are available for purchase at all Ticketmaster locations or www.BroadwayInDetroit.com, or by calling Ticketmaster 1-800-982-2787. Tickets may also be purchased at the Fisher Theatre box office Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. For group sales (12 or more) please call (313) 871-1132 or visit [email protected]. Prices for Fisher Theatre shows include parking.

For additional information, call (313) 872-1000 or visit www.BroadwayInDetroit.com.
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posted 5/19/10 @ 12:07 PM EST

Event is probably closed...Shame...But I'd like to see the review, could anyone make it?

Michigan business mover

posted 7/01/10 @ 5:10 PM EST

I am going to see it.

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