It’s true that there’s no such thing as a perfect family. But most families are at least functional—most. That’s not the case in Tracy Letts’ drama August: Osage County. The current production at Park Square Theatre, directed by Leah Cooper, showcases a family gripped with addiction, lies, secrets, and abuse. As if dealing with the death of their alcoholic patriarch isn’t enough, the extended family members must also confront everything else that’s far from ideal amongst themselves, namely Violet, their sharp-tongued pill-popping mother. A play that embraces rather than shies away from reality and the harsh truth of relationships, August: Osage County is powerful, truthful, and intense. In other words, it’s a must-see.
August: Osage County
Through October 2
Park Square Theatre, 20 W. Seventh Pl., St. Paul