"Can you really dare to open a new theater these days with a 3.5 hour marathon? Can you risk producing a play - not a musical - that requires 13 actors? Can you bet all your chips on something as quaint, and something so nearly extinct in the American theater, as an acting company?
Vincent Lancisi says 'Yes!' - and the explosively funny production of Tracy Letts's "August: Osage County" at Baltimore's Everyman Theatre is backing him up. The large cast artfully slugs its way through the shock and muck of lies, booze, pills and toxic hookups in Letts's chronicle of an Oklahoma clan's spectacular flameout. It's an exuberant, aggressive opening: You can't accuse Everyman, founded by Lancisi in 1990, of tiptoeing into its attractive, new $18 million theater near Inner Harbor," writes Washington Post critic Nelson Pressley in the January 23rd edition of the paper.
"...although 'August' is a group effort effort, it is one of Everyman's own, Deborah Hazlett, who especially powers the long-distance drama to what feels like a sprinting finish," continues Pressley. "Hazlett is near effortless with Barbara's tragicomic complexities as she squares off against her monstrous mother..."
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