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The cast for "August: Osage County" includes (from left) Pamela Dunlap, Dorothy Lyman, Julie Fishell, Lauren Kennedy, and Lisa Brescia (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

Tracy Letts’ “August: Osage County” Is a Scorcher

The current Hot Summer Nights | Theatre Raleigh production of dramatist and screenwriter Tracy Letts’ prize-winning 2007 dark comedy, “August: Osage County,” is a scorcher, with New York television soap-opera star and two-time Emmy Award® winner Dorothy Lyman generating much of the heat as Violet Weston, the irascible pill-popping matriarch of a disintegrating Oklahoma family that could put the D in dysfunctional. Violet has become addicted to pain killers while battling mouth cancer. She is physically fragile, but ferocious and determined to rage, rage against the dying of the light.

HSN | TR's cast for "August: Osage County" includes (from left) Pamela Dunlap, Dorothy Lyman, Julie Fishell, Lauren Kennedy, and Lisa Brescia (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

Two-Time Emmy Winner Dorothy Lyman Will Star in Tracy Letts’ Dark Comedy “August: Osage County”

Two-time Emmy Award® winner Dorothy Lyman will star in Hot Summer Nights | Theatre’s Raleigh stellar production of “August: Osage County,” award-winning 47-year-old playwright and screenwriter Tracy Letts’ 2007 dark comedy about a dysfunctional Oklahoma family, on Nov. 29-Dec. 2 and Dec. 6-9. The 65-year-old Minneapolis, MN native is probably best known for her performances as Gwen Frame in “Another World” (1976-1980, 1989) and as Opal Sue Gardner in “All My Children” (1981-83).

David Sennett (left) as Arthur and J. Alphonse Nicholson as Franco in "Superior Donuts" (photo by Jonathan Young)

J. Alphonse Nicholson Sparkles in “Superior Donuts”

J. Alphonse Nicholson as Franco is a regular ball of fire — Will Smith-good, Jesse Eisenberg-good — and his effervescent performance as a supremely self-confident go-getter from a bad Chicago neighborhood is award-worthy.

David Sennett (left) and J. Alphonse Nicholson in "Superior Donuts" (photo by Jonathan Young)

“Superior Donuts” Is a Sweet and Soulful 2008 Comedy-Drama by Tracy Letts

Content to shuffle through life, Arthur Przybyszewski, a former 1960s radical, sees no need for change to the run-down donut shop he owns in Uptown, Chicago. His lone employee, an energetic but troubled teenager named Franco Wicks, has other ideas.

Jesse Janowsky and Leanne Norton Heintz star as Peter and Agnes (REP photo)

REP’s “Bug” Has Just the Right Touch of Crazy

I loved this show. Written by Tracy Letts and performed by the Raleigh Ensemble Players, under the direction of C. Glen Matthews, “Bug” has everything a truly original and provocative show needs — strong performances, a riveting story, and a nice dose of crazy.