Phylicia Rashad in August: Osage County?

whatacharacter
Featured Actor
joined:8/19/05
I was looking on IBDB after seeing the film and saw Rashad has a run as Violet. I am curious to hear if anyone saw her, and how she was in the role!
adamgreer
Broadway Legend
joined:3/18/05
Absolutely brilliant.

All three Violets I saw (Rashad, Dunagan, and Estelle Parsons) were brilliant, and each was very different.

Dunagan's Violet seemed out of control- her Violet had already descended past the point of no return. She seemed to have little control over her madness.

Parsons seemed to be in complete control of Violet's outbursts, and in fact, relished them.

With Rashad, I was completely surprised and taken away. I was expecting her to pull out her regular bag of tricks (raised eybrows, slow walks, long pauses, etc.) but she completely inhabited the character. Her Violet was more calculating and cunning than the other two ladies. It was a simply remarkable performance.

If I recall, by the time she came in, the show was winding down, and even the love letter she got from Brantley wasn't enough to keep the show going.

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neonlightsxo
Broadway Star
joined:7/29/08
I agree-- she was stunning. Which is no surprise, of course.
WiCkEDrOcKS
Broadway Legend
joined:6/13/04
I believe I posted on here saying that her performance was the best female performance I have ever seen in a play and while I'm not sure if that's still true, she's absolutely in the top five. She was astonishing in the part. The best Violet I saw on Broadway, and I saw all three of them.
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ClydeBarrow
Broadway Legend
joined:6/20/12
I really enjoyed her performance but was sad that I never got to see Estelle Parsons in the role. I guess I shouldn't be that sad about it now.
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AC126748
Broadway Legend
joined:7/15/06
I found her performance lazy and uninspired. She and Elizabeth Ashley did all but yawn in the audience's collective face the day I went.

Parsons is the greatest Violet, far as I'm concerned.
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themysteriousgrowl
Broadway Legend
joined:11/10/10

My only Violet is Estelle, and she was extraordinary.
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GlindatheGood22
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/07
One of the best performances I've ever seen. There was a menace to her Violet that was not there with the other two.

The moment I remember most was when she crawled up to Johnna in the attic. She collapsed halfway up and I remember thinking that she was really hurt.
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neonlightsxo
Broadway Star
joined:7/29/08
^ Glinda-- yes, menace is a great word to use.
mikem
Broadway Legend
joined:8/5/04
Spoilers below

I saw both Dunagan and Rashad, and I thought both were excellent, although their interpretations were very different. I wouldn't characterize Dunagan as out of control as much as out of touch. Her Violet didn't seem to comprehend how lacerating her words were. She just looked at it as "truth telling." And at the end, Dunagan didn't seem to understand how her daughters could have all left her. She didn't think she was doing anything wrong.

Rashad, on the other hand, played the role as someone who was very wily. She knew perfectly well what she was doing. Of course, she overplayed her hand at the end, which she didn't realize until it was too late.

And in case anyone is wondering, Rashad's being African-American didn't matter one bit. A great performer is a great performer.

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ljay889
Broadway Legend
joined:8/4/04
She was amazing! I saw a rare performance with her, Amy Morton and a surprise return of Rondi Reed (covering a sick Elizabeth Ashley). The entire performance was ferocious. I'll never forget it.
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adamgreer
Broadway Legend
joined:3/18/05
^Wasn't that, in fact, the final performance?

Rondi Reed was in a whole different league than the horrendously cartoony Elizabeth Ashley.

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them"
~Walt Disney

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible."
~Walt Disney

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ljay889
Broadway Legend
joined:8/4/04
You're right! That was the final performance. Can't believe I forgot that.
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