'August: Osage County' proving popular
05:00 AM, Mar 10, 2013
JCC CenterStage presents Tracy Letts’ Tony-winning August: Osage County through March 24, and it has already proven a popular choice, says Ralph Meranto, artistic director for the theater company based at Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester, 1200 Edgewood Ave.
More people came out for the auditions than any other non-musical play at JCC, Meranto says, including actors he hasn’t seen on the stage for several years. Opening night also drew an enthusiastic crowd.
Meranto grabbed onto the bittersweet comedy about a southern family as soon as it was available. The play is a long one, with two intermissions, but he says when he saw it in New York City, he turned to his wife halfway through the third act and said he hoped it never ends. “Very rarely do I have such a moving experience.”
Letts also wrote Superior Donuts, which was produced by Geva Theatre Center last year. McKenzie Keenan, who plays Mattie Fae, says August is complex, “but it just keeps moving,” and hopefully bringing the audience along.
Shows this week are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $26 ($18 for students). Call (585) 461-2000 or go to JCCCenterstage.org.
More at WhatsUpRoc.com: See a video about the play.