We braved the snow and ice Friday night to attend the Tulsa PAC performance of August: Osage County, the powerful and funny family drama by Oklahoma native Tracy Letts.
The play was worth the white-knuckle drive.
The fictional Pawhuska family is by turns terrifying and hilarious, giving audiences a range of powerful issues and ideas to consider. Among other themes, Letts is concerned with questions about the meaning of family, love, loyalty, and truth.
In short, there's enough emotion and human frailty here to keep even the skeptical playgoers entertained and challenged, which is no small achievement.
The play continues tonight and Sunday, with two shows. And if you're lucky, the roads will be much improved.
Note: The play is "no holds barred," which means that those audience members with genteel Oklahoma ears may be offended by some of the language.