Best Of 2012

Best Play: August: Osage County

Best Play

Brilliantly directed by Todd Olson, Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County was the highlight of the season at American Stage and the Bay area generally. An all-star cast brought us a United States high on Xanax and painkillers, afflicted by terminal narcissism, rent by money-love and youth-addiction and committed to no principle higher than every man and woman for him/herself. Is the American dream so tattered and soiled? This play said “yes” — and said it boisterously, viciously, poignantly.