Razor-tongued, pill-popping Violet seems to survive only by inflicting emotional harm on those nearest and dearest to her. Middle daughter Ivy lives nearby and is carrying on a secret affair with her first cousin Little Charles. The oldest daughter, Barbara, returns from Colorado with her estranged husband and pot-smoking teenage daughter. Karen, the youngest, arrives from Florida with her hokey self-help dogma and sleazy businessman fiancé. Staged in a three-story house that includes a living room, dining room, front porch and second- and third-floor bedrooms, the action zips back and forth with a zingy, fast-paced humor.
It's so interesting and complex that it's hard to pick out the main storyline. I think everyone will find something they can relate to, Weeks says. After the play was over, I just wanted more. It was incredible.
August, with Estelle Parsons starring as Violet, opens today at 7:30 p.m. at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 950 13th Street, and runs through August 8; tickets start at $22. For more information, call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org.
Tuesdays-Fridays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 1 & 7:30 p.m. Starts: July 24. Continues through Aug. 8, 2009