Family demons

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David Minton
Family dysfunction both bites back and oddly soothes those in Beverly and Violet Weston’s home during an Oklahoma summer in Denton Community Theatre’s “August: Osage County.”

Company to close ‘Osage County’ this weekend

Denton Community Theatre closes its run of August: Osage County on Sunday.

An ensemble cast of established local actors — and some emerging talent — portray the dysfunctional extended family of patriarch Beverly Weston, a poet who drinks as passionately as he writes.

As the Fordhams, Aikens and a few stragglers descend on the un-air-conditioned Weston house in Oklahoma in the deep of August, tempers flare, secrets combust and past hurts do a slow burn. Drug addiction, alcoholism, infidelity and self-righteousness toil and bubble in the Pulitzer Prize-winning dark comedy by Tradcy Letts.

Denton Community Theatre’s production stars Fred Cassell as Beverly, Jeannene Abney as Violet Weston, Dena Dunn as Barbara Fordham Weston, Connie Lane as Ivy Weston and Betsy Jilka as Karen Weston.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St.

Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for seniors 62 and older, and $10 for students with a valid ID. To purchase tickets, call 940-382-1915 or visit

— Lucinda Breeding

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