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Family Discord a Hit in 'August: Osage County'

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Family Discord a Hit in 'August: Osage County'

Performing Arts

Family Discord a Hit in 'August: Osage County'

Family Discord a Hit in 'August: Osage County'

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The hit Broadway show August: Osage County is a comic-tragic take on family. It's set in the county where playwright Tracy Letts grew up. His father, Dennis Letts, plays the patriarch of a large dysfunctional family.

The play is a meditation on the cruel realities that often belie standard expectations of conjugal and family accord.

The Lettses tell Robert Siegel that it's not about their own family — only the settings are familiar to them.

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