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Vexler's 'August: Osage County' production resembles theater's finest

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David Maloof and Krystal Kohler in August: Osage County.


August: Osage County requires a sprawling, multi-roomed set, including the attic where an "Indian" dwells: she's the guardian genius of a house of horrors. Ken Frazier's clever jigsaw puzzle of a set manages to squeeze all of the requisite nooks into the small black box space, but the play's better suited to a broader, proscenium configuration. At times, the actors seemed a little cramped.

Clocking in at well over three hours, August: Osage County is not for the faint of heart, and a few exhausted Vexler patrons departed after the second intermission. (The Vexler should probably set an earlier curtain for Saturday evenings: By 11:20 p.m., it felt a bit like September: Osage County.) But this is a very good — perhaps even great — American play in one of the best productions I've seen on the Vexler's campus. If you're at all interested in the state of American theater, then plan to spend an evening with the haunted, lonesome Westons.

August: Osage County

Directed by Paul Fillingim
$14-$20
7:30pm Thurs; 8pm Sat; 2:30pm & 7:30pm Sun
Sheldon Vexler Theatre
12500 NW Military
(210) 302-6835
vexler.org
Through September 16

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