Weekend Top Picks for Aug 26-28: The Play's The Thing

Courtesy, CAST

The play’s the thing this weekend. Oh, the drama!

August: Osage County is CAST’s powerhouse season opener. Director Michael Simmons warns audience members to strap themselves in for a three-act, theatrical rollercoaster. Tracy Letts’s Pulitzer- and Tony-winning dark comedy gives us Beverly Weston, the patriarch of an Oklahoma family, who has disappeared. As his clan gathers to await news, addictions, secrets, and long-held grudges come to light. Opening night is Aug 25. Tickets, showtimes.

Paul Robeson. On Q Productions opens its third season with a drama about the life of Paul Robeson, athlete, singer, actor, lawyer, and civil rights crusader. The Rutgers football star and Phi Beta Kappa inductee was blacklisted after refusing to swear he wasn’t a communist, but he lived long enough to see his sports, singing, and acting (he played Othello in London with an otherwise all-white cast) legacy restored. It opens Aug 26. Details here.  

But, there’s music amid the drama. Grace Potter & The Nocturnals have drawn comparisons to Norah Jones and  Bonnie Raitt. The band’s first two albums were self-released, but their growing popularity — through almost-constant touring — got them noticed. Their third CD was put out by a record label. The alt-folk quintet is still touring almost constantly. Aug 26 at The Fillmore. Details.