Seattle braces for the claw hammer story | AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY opens April 5 at Balagan Theatre

Heading north to sample the Seattle theatre scene any time soon?

In case you are, you won’t want to miss this one.

April 5-27, Balagan Theatre puts up the sprawling masterpiece AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY by Tracy Letts. Their theatre size is 165, so this should be a great chance to see a Titanic-sized show in a small space.

This is one of the first regional productions of AUGUST I have heard of. Now that the Broadway touring machine has died off (thank god), it will be interesting (and likely much more rewarding) to see what local theatres do with this operatic blast of family dysfunction.

While it’s hard to imagine anyone ever topping the original Steppenwolf cast, an authentic local production of this play should provide some high moments.

So grab a carton of Winstons, a bottle of Old Grand Dad, your favorite book of T.S. Eliot poems, and a few dog-eared novels, and come find out what happened to Beverly Weston.

Violet is ready for her closeup.
Violet is ready for her closeup.