PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It goes without saying that the success of a heavy drama is the solid marriage of a top-notch production brought to life by first-rate performers.

Such is the case in the Arden Theatre production of Tracy Lett’s Pulitzer and Tony award-winning (albeit remarkably long-winded) thirteen-character drama, “August: Osage County.”

What we have here is a 2½-hour biting portrait of a dysfunctional American family at its heavy-handed worst, a remarkable assemblage of characters drawn from a collection of gifted Arden players and directed by the Arden’s Terrence Nolen.

It’s a panorama of occasionally nasty but certainly unforgettable players, recommended for mature audiences in mid-teens and up.

There have been a number of productions in numerous countries, including one at the Forrest Theatre in Philadelphia, but this “August: Osage County” is drawn entirely from The Arden and is set to run through October 30th.

Reviewed by Bob Nelson, KYW Newsradio 1060

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