Dysfunctional families are in my experience a dime a dozen and makes normality seem a like disease that happens to other people. Dysfunction never seemed so hilarious though until I came across the Tracy Letts play August: Osage County.
Before its movie release into cinemas this December with Meryl Street and Julia Roberts playing the lead roles, community theatre company Campbelltown Theatre Group brings the witty black comedy to the old Queen Street Town Hall Theatre in the Macarthur region.
The play is an intelligently written black comedy that takes us into the Weston household in Osage County, USA. In the opening scene of the play we meet the Beverly Weston, the head of the Weston household. Beverly hires a young Native American girl to take care of the house and his pill popping wife Violet. Shortly after we learn Beverly has disappeared leaving the balanced chaos of he and Vi's life in shambles.
We then bear witness to the chaos that unfolds when the head of the household disappears and the family of grown up children come back to the family home, after escaping years earlier, to join together in supporting each other and their cancer ridden, pill popping mother during these 'hard times'.
With its pithy delivery and quirky character driven ensemble August: Osage County is a jaw dropping, pill-popping ride into dysfunction.
It promises to be a fun night at the theatre, with an amazingly talented cast. A night out in Macarthur has never been so disturbingly funny.
AUDIENCE DISCRETION ADVISED DUE TO COURSE LANGUAGE AND ADULT THEMES.