A few notes - it's not a dirge, it doesn't seem like 3 hours (two 10 minute intermissions make up the rest) and it was worth every penny i spent on the ticket ($99 bucks, left orchestra).
Go see this ensemble. They are tops. A testament to the quality of the show - just about every seat in the Imperial Theater (that's 1400+ seats, folks) was occupied! For a play, no less. Amazing. The full company, direct from Chicago, and the Steppenwolf Theater Company has taken Broadway by storm. While there is no billed "star", clearly Deanna Dunnigan rules the roost as family matriarch Violet Weston.
The drama on stage kept you engaged the entire time, in no small part due to the biting writing of Tracy Letts and the brilliant direction of Anna D. Shapiro. The set, a dollhouse replica of a house on the plains in Oklahoma, was brilliantly envisioned and masterfully executed.
I won't give away a stitch of the plot, the twists and turns or the outcome. That, my friends is for you to experience yourselves. Pop a pill or two and fasten your seat belt. The next 3.5 hours are going to be a bumpy ride!