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Theater Of War -- And Everything Else

Thane Rosenbaum | Posted 06.29.2016 | Arts
Thane Rosenbaum

When Doerries puts on a show, a Greek chorus from the heavens sings praise of the scale of his ambition, and well, yes... hubris. He has taken the very same Greek dramatists that have inspired the culture wars and the politics of identity, and redeployed them in the service of public health.

The Iceman Experimenteth: Part III

Bess Rowen | Posted 06.10.2016 | Arts
Bess Rowen

This is the third part of my series on Target Margin Theater's Iceman Lab currently playing at HERE Arts Center. Click here for Part I and here for Pa...

First Nighter: Five Worthies From Alan Ayckbourn, Eugene O'Neill, The Marx Brothers, Philip Ridley and God

David Finkle | Posted 06.09.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

As the author of 79 -- count 'em, 79 -- plays, Alan Ayckbourn rarely falls below a certain laugh level.

The Iceman Experimenteth: Part II

Bess Rowen | Posted 06.07.2016 | Arts
Bess Rowen

This is the second part of my series on Target Margin Theater's Iceman Lab currently playing at HERE Arts Center. To see part one, click here. Act I...

The Iceman Experimenteth: Part 1 of a Series On Target Margin Theater's Iceman Lab

Bess Rowen | Posted 06.03.2016 | Arts
Bess Rowen

The Iceman Cometh is one of those plays from the American canon whose name evokes a pretty specific theatrical mood and style.

First Nighter: Ivo van Hove Skews Arthur Miller's "The Crucible"

David Finkle | Posted 04.01.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

It's only a few months since Ivo van Hove brought his startlingly strong production of Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge from London to Broadway.

Aisle View: A Long Night's Journey and a Police Story

Steven Suskin | Posted 02.25.2017 | Arts
Steven Suskin

The Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker has offered a series of diverse and astounding star performances in films. Thus, he is not just another movie star stopping over on Broadway for a limited engagement.

Ah, Wilderness! at ACT: Lovely Look, Uneven Acting for O'Neill's Domestic Comedy

Leo Stutzin | Posted 10.27.2016 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Eugene O'Neill is widely regarded as the playwright who lifted American theater out of the era of melodrama and into a realm of truthfulness and invention that was comparable with the best on the world's stages.

First Nighter: McDonald, Swenson in O'Neill's 'Moon for the Misbegotten', Yasmina Reza's 'The Unexpected Man'

David Finkle | Posted 08.17.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

As far as I know, the most chillingly romantic scene in American dramatic literature occurs in the second half of Eugene O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten, a revival of which is now in its final week at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Celebrity Couple Audra McDonald and Will Swenson Shine in A Moon for the Misbegotten

Steve Schonberg | Posted 08.07.2016 | Entertainment
Steve Schonberg

Now at Williamstown Theatre Festival, tucked away in the northwest corner of Massachusetts, Broadway royalty and celebrity couple, Audra McDonald and Will Swenson are exploring a new kind of relationship in Eugene O'Neill's final masterpiece--the sequel to Long Day's Journey Into Night--A Moon For The Misbegotten.

First Nighter: Nathan Lane, Brian Dennehy in O'Neill's 'Iceman Cometh'

David Finkle | Posted 04.14.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

Can a great play also be not entirely good? I ask this because the question kept wandering around my head as I watched and listened to--and watched and listened to and watched and listened to--Robert Falls's 2012 production of Eugene O'Neill's (classic?) The Iceman Cometh for Chicago's Goodman Theatre. It's finally reached the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

6 Women You Didn't Know Were Members Of The Algonquin Round Table

Kevin Fitzpatrick | Posted 03.07.2015 | Books
Kevin Fitzpatrick

I was delighted to uncover the names and stories of the other members of the Vicious Circle, women that had fascinating and full lives.

Endangered Species Project "The Iceman Cometh" at Seattle's ACT Theate: A Five-Hour Reading

L. Steven Sieden | Posted 11.18.2014 | Arts
L. Steven Sieden

On Monday, September 15, the Endangered Species Project presented a reading of Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh that ran five hours with a cast of n...

A-Sides on the Red Carpet: O'Neill Theater Center Honors Streep in New York

Jon Chattman | Posted 06.22.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Meryl Streep is used to awards by now. She is, after all, the reigning queen of cinema and has held that fictitious but totally accurate title for dec...

First Nighter: Lucy Thurber's Five Hill Town Plays Progress From Must-See to Less-Need-to-See

David Finkle | Posted 11.05.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

There's nothing wrong in presenting a cycle about a character progressing from damaging childhood to escape from psychological entrapment adulthood. Indeed, it's a great idea. But the over-and-again Hill Town Plays are clearly not the way to do it.

Movie Review: Phantom

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.30.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Phantom supposedly is based on actual events. But that doesn't lend it weight, authority or even a modicum of dramatic sense.

Happy Birthday, Eugene O'Neill!

Posted 10.16.2012 | Arts

Today is the birthday of American playwright and Nobel Laureate Eugene Gladstone O'Neill. The realist poet and master of vernacular would turn 124 if ...

David Cromer Talks 'Sweet Bird of Youth' Starring Diane Lane at The Goodman

Mark Bazer | Posted 11.12.2012 | Entertainment
Mark Bazer

Director David Cromer talked aging, optimism vs. pessimism, and his newest play, a revival of Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth starring Diane Lane and Finn Wittrock at the Goodman Theatre. Previews begin Sept. 14.

The Inner Turmoil Of The Irish

Bess Rowen | Posted 05.18.2012 | Home
Bess Rowen

While the Irish, American-Irish, and Irish-for-today ate, drank, and were merry outside, we inside the theatre were reminded of the inner turmoil that can best hide behind just such carefree behavior.

The Grass Is Always Greener: Beyond the Horizon at The Irish Repertory Theatre

Bess Rowen | Posted 04.25.2012 | Arts
Bess Rowen

By using simple staging and solid acting, director Ciarán O'Reilly's newest production proves that this O'Neill play is still emotionally effective today.

Theatre Review: Desire Under the Elms

Marc Porter Zasada | Posted 01.28.2012 | Los Angeles
Marc Porter Zasada

Desire Under the Elms is beautifully stark in the manner of Greeks, and features a truly tectonic performance by William Dennis Hunt as the flinty-souled patriarch Ephraim Cabot.

First Nighter: Tony Kushner's Intelligent Homosexual's Guide... Continues Genius Display

David Finkle | Posted 07.05.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

Kushner has produced a play also reminiscent of Arthur Miller at the top of his form, a play about which many ticket buyers will conclude he's equaled Miller's best.

Free Flick Fridays: Song of Freedom

Tribeca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tribeca

It's shocking, really, that there hasn't been a biopic of the legendary Paul Robeson as of yet. Much, much more than "the guy who sings "Ol' Man River" in Showboat," Robeson was a towering American figure and one of the few people who can accurately be called a Renaissance man.

Peter Gelb and His Met: No Booing Please

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

What occurs to me about the booing is that it might begin to color attitudes towards the Met under Peter Gelb for whom this 2009-10 season is the first with no vestigial ties to Joseph Volpe.

Exploring O'Neill at the Goodman

Robert Loerzel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Robert Loerzel

The O'Neill festival was a fascinating exploration of the great American playwright's work -- filled with unusual and even daring stagings. Never was it dull, that's for sure.