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August is Hot 03/13/2010

Posted by allisole in Musicals, Writing.

Saw the play August: Osage County last night.  It’s gotten great reviews, won awards, and is hugely popular.  I’ll be honest: when I go to the theater, I love me some musicals hardcore.  My iTunes library is practically all musicals.  I love music with emotion, songs that tell stories.  But despite that sad lack of songs, and the fact that it was 3 and 1/2 hours long, I enjoyed the play.  The dialogue was sharp, funny, real.  This was a story all about family, and it captured the reality of dysfunctional families perfectly.  It also featured three grown sisters coming together and realizing they have no real connection.  As the oldest of three sisters, this really stuck with me.  Will that be me and my sisters in twenty years?  Not even able to remember what state the other lives in?

So no snappy songs to sing afterward, but a lot to think about.  I want to write something like that one day.  Something that feels real to people; something that they keep thinking about, keeping talking about, long after it’s over.  Yeah, I know, pretty big goal, but what is it they say?  Reach for the moon, even if you miss you’ll be among the stars.  Cheesy, but I like it.



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