Best Theatrical Production: August: Osage County

August: Osage County opens like a homespun yarn, but by the dramedy’s conclusion, playwright Tracy Letts has earned not only the Pulitzer Prize and Tony awards he’s won, but your heart and soul as well—at least that’s what happened during Balagan Theatre’s production this past April. A film version will be out soon starring the redoubtable Meryl Streep as the matriarch of a Southern clan skidding off the rails. But neither she nor any of her Hollywood cohorts in this A-list movie—which include Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis, Dermot Mulroney, and Benedict Cumberbatch—has anything on the sublime Seattle cast led by Shellie Shulkin.

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