EXCERPTS FROM THE REVIEW
The following are excerpts from the January 22, 2013 DC Metro Theatre Arts Review of August: Osage County by Amanda Gunther
Directed by Vincent M. Lancisi, this production brings a touch of a New York City evening into Charm City with its extravagant set, sensational actors, and marvelous new house in which it’s mounted. The quintessential dark comedy – filled with family dysfunction – erupts onto the stage in this fast-paced drama. With a pill-popping mother and three estranged sisters, the family dynamic explodes into utter chaos when the patriarch of the Weston family goes missing. With the heat of Oklahoma boiling everyone’s minds the family secrets break loose and tempers fly as they race toward a shocking and stunning conclusion in this relatable production.
Scenic Designer Daniel Ettinger has outdone himself with the gorgeous breathtaking set that sprawls across the full space of the stage. Ettinger constructs a fully functional multi-leveled cross section of the Weston house with many rooms, while making the space realistic and livable. The uniquely enchanting element of this design is that old Weston family photos are engrained into the wood paneling of the walls; essentially blending the family into the house itself. The grandiose structure is paralleled by the intricacy of the details in each individual room; each space carrying a particular feel to it based on the placement of the furniture and the subtle shifts in lighting changes.
Director Vincent M. Lancisi captures the intimacy that productions at Everyman Theatre are known for in this enormous house; making the audience no longer members of the audience but the silent flies on the wall in this living room drama as it erupts. Lancisi invites you into the Weston house leaving no moment too small or personal; everything becomes exposed and relatable and it is sheer directing genius at work. His casting is stellar; each person in their niche blending well into the hectic family dynamic, and everyone shares a deep sense of organized dysfunction; blending seamless moments of time passage and event occurrence together without a single hint of strain. Lancisi deserves an award for his delectable directorial skills as put to use in this production.
Linda Thorson and Deborah Hazlett have a mother daughter chemistry that must be seen to be believed...Their moments of chaos upon the stage are explosive and sheer insanity, bursting at the seams with raw conflict with elevated stakes that would dwarf a mountain. Their shocking ending scene will literally leave you speechless.