Long Day's Journey Into Night Reviews
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Madeleine from Los Angeles, California
MARVELOUS PLAY, THE CAST DELIVERED THE GOODS
This revered play by O'Neill (which echoes some of his own life) mines the rigorous challenges and stark emotional landscape of the Tyrone family, in 1912. Their interactions burst forth with subtext and sizzle with brutal honesty. Each character is a layered cake--they are propelled by a tragic cocktail: despondence, bitterness, fragility, and deep shame. To some, this would be a depressing play. For us, it was enlivening and very human. Most viewers will relate in some manner to at least one of the 5 characters, and that is one of the strengths of O'Neill. The entire cast was wonderful. Alfred Molina (as James Tyrone), and Colin Woodell (Edmund, his son) both turned in outstanding, nuanced performances On the tech side of things, we sometimes struggled to hear the actors' lines. The set design was beautiful, with subdued tones. The score was effectively subtle and haunting. Voiceovers were used at times, but the audio quality was muffled. Overall, highly recommended.
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