O'Neill's painful view of his own life forms the core of Long Day's Journey Into Night, one of the greatest of all American plays. The Tyrone family (father James, mother Mary, and sons Edmund and Jamie) of the play is a surrogate for O'Neill's own family and, through them, the playwright wrestles with his past demons.
Covering a single day and night, O'Neill's play traces the impact on the family relapse into a drug addiction and younger son Edmund's being institutionalized for consumption. These events reopen old wounds and resentments and initiate a harrowing series of accusations and recriminations that threaten to tear apart the family.
At turns haunting, riveting, and emotionally lacerating, Long Day's Journey Into Night is one of O'Neill's greatest plays.
Directed by Arvin Brown, starring Robert Ryan, Stacy Keach, Geraldine Fitzgerald with James Naughton and Paddy Croft
About Eugene O'NeillSee more books from this Author
After the Goodman's mammoth production of "The Iceman Cometh" this past spring, it's refreshing — if one ever uses that adjective in conjunction with Eugene O'Neill — to revisit America's poet laureate of the dark night of the soul in cozier quarters.Nov 07 2012 | Read Full Review of Long Day's Journey into Night
Mr Suchet plays him with a wobbly accent and expansive gestures — taps to the chest, shrugs, disbelieving eyebrows, wide-flung palms — which are more like cartoon Noo Yawker than an orotund grandee of the early 20th-century stage, albeit one with psychological problems.Apr 12 2012 | Read Full Review of Long Day's Journey into Night
Picture it: Blanche drags Dorothy to her favorite dive bar, but gets upset when Dorothy starts getting attention from the men for her singing ability.Sep 29 2014 | Read Full Review of Long Day's Journey into Night
Following its production of Desire Under the Elms in March and Now I Ask You in June (the latter was reviewed in volume 32 of the Eugene O'Neill Review), this company, which dedicates part of each season to an investigation of the work of one famous playwright, took on the culminating play in the...| Read Full Review of Long Day's Journey into Night
(It is part of the citywide Eugene O'Neill Festival anchored by Arena and the Shakespeare Theatre Company.) It is Carey's riveting Mary Tyrone that pulls this production into emotional focus whenever she's onstage and when other characters seem a little fuzzy.Apr 10 2012 | Read Full Review of Long Day's Journey into Night
Long Day’s Journey into Night just might be the most aptly titled of Eugene O’Neill’s wordy works.Nov 12 2012 | Read Full Review of Long Day's Journey into Night
Though nothing in this production can quite match the breathless final moments of the show, in which the conflicted Mary Tyrone (Vanessa Redgrave) confronts the ghosts of her past in a morphine-fueled torpor, Redgrave achieves nearly as much success when she rounds on her youngest son, Edmund (Ro...May 06 2003 | Read Full Review of Long Day's Journey into Night
An aggregated and normalized score based on 52 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes