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'August: Osage County'

Tracy Letts' "August: Osage County" continues a long line of dramas, stretching back to the ancient Greeks, that uses a tale of a family in crisis as a window onto the state of the larger society. In the touring presentation now at the Ahmanson, Estelle Parsons, left, portrays the matriarch of a proudly individualistic, now disintegrating Oklahoma family; Angelica Torn plays her middle daughter. Christine Cotter / Los Angeles Times
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