The Hilberry Theatre’s final play of the season is “August: Osage County,” which earned Tracy Letts the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. This production is remarkable for a number of reasons. It is an uncomfortable but irresistible oddity – a brutally funny, frighteningly honest production. It is brilliantly directed by Hilberry alumnus James R. Kuhl – currently Artistic Director of the Tipping Point Theatre – last seen at the Hilberry five years ago in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” And it stars, in the role of the pill-addled matriarch Violet Weston, Lavinia Hart, who is possibly the most well-known theatre pro in the area and Head of the MFA Acting Program at Wayne State University.
Whether or not you saw the critically acclaimed film version of Letts’ masterpiece, you should scurry down to the Hilberry to see this live production. The experience is unforgettable. We’ve seen and enjoyed this play elsewhere, and expected Ms. Hart to be amazing in the powerhouse role of Violet Weston. She was all that and more – scary, smart and explosive.