High-octane drama is unfolding on the Good Theater’s stage with an up-close-and-personal look into the better-than-reality television lives of the Weston family. The theater’s most popular production to date.

“August: Osage County” is back for a 15-performance run. And emotions are running at full-throttle this time around.

Oklahoma was everything but OK Thursday night as the Weston family secrets bubbled to the surface in the small town of Pawhuska. Tempers, emotions, wit and plates, among other things were flying as the Westons gathered, following the mysterious disappearance of the family’s patriarch, Beverly (Chris Horton).

The Good Theater has reunited all but one of the 13 cast members (Allison McCall takes on the role of Jean Fordham, previously played by Emma Banks) from last year’s production to once again bring Tracy Letts’ three-act play to life.

Audiences couldn’t ask for a more riveting interpretation. It’s like seeing a production at the end of its run, but better. Last year’s 20-performance run was one heck of a dress rehearsal that’s afforded the cast the opportunity to fine-tune the characterizations, amp up the witty dialogue and realistically capture an emotionally charged slice of life.

April Boyle is a free-lance writer from Casco. She can be contacted at: [email protected]