Tag: Tracy Letts
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.