At one point during “August: Osage County,” the two-hour comedy-drama set in Osage County, Okla., the external temperature reaches an excruciating 108 degrees. This blast of heat, however, has nothing on the familial drama sizzling within the four walls of the Weston home.
In recent years, the Oscars have become far more than just an award show. The race to claim one of the infamous golden statues has become an obsession for not only those involved in the entertainment industry, but also for those keeping score at home.
On last Tuesday’s episode of “The Voice,” NBC’s reality singing competition, the Twitter instant save was introduced. When the bottom three were revealed, America had five minutes to take to Twitter and tweet to save its favorite artist using a hashtag. This type of audience power was met with excellent feedback.
Last week, the Broadway musical “First Date,” which I reviewed for The Signal a few weeks ago, announced that it would end its short run in January. On Sunday night, “Big Fish,” starring Norbert Leo Butz, announced that it would end its run at the end of the December. The revival of “Annie” will also close its doors early next year.
When I was a little boy I would wander into my living room and find my family, eyes glued to the television screen. My mother, father, sister and grandmother were all intensely watching whatever athletic event was happening on screen. I would feign interest for a few moments before I was utterly confused and simply bored by what was happening, then plod over to my action figures and play silently in a corner.