The truth is, Eugene O’Neill scares me to death. And the thing that scares and disturbs me so deeply about his greatest play, Long Day’s Journey Into Night , isn’t connected to what it means to us-we can take that for granted-but what it meant to O’Neill.
No autobiographical drama about a man’s family Read More
One of the many astute suggestions sent in by readers seeking to join that elite fellowship known as The Edgy Alliance1 was that I occasionally return to the original form of this column, which featured several loosely linked items.
So let’s try it this time, beginning with:
1. Give the Oscar to Albert
And the envelope please! Here are my tips for this season’s Tony Awards in a number of major categories. The awards will be announced to a breathless nation on June 4 and, for a change, I shall be resisting my annual vaudevillian turn on the insanity of the entire proceedings. After all, it wasn’t too Read More
The new production of Eugene O’Neill’s A Moon for the Misbegotten at the Walter Kerr Theater is a wonderful achievement on every level, and I trust that in years to come those of us who saw it will proudly say, “We were there.” It is, quite simply, one of those nights at the theater that Read More
Things are looking up! Only last week, I romantically advocated a return to healthy booing at the theater-a return, if you will, to Elizabethan times, which some of us remember so well. And there! At the end of the first act of David Hirson’s apparent satire of bad theater, Wrong Mountain , a single, glorious Read More
True fact: Many, many women say that they would not kick Brian Dennehy out of bed.
To wit: a balmy Saturday night around 11 P.M., outside the stage door of the Eugene O’Neill Theater. It was two days before Mr. Dennehy and Death of a Salesman would sweep the Tony Awards. Dozens of women were Read More
A kind of miracle is happening on Broadway. It is home again to Eugene O’Neill, Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams. All three are playing simultaneously–as they used to a generation and more ago, before the Great White Way became a tourist mecca for family entertainment, before Disney. So all isn’t lost?
I happen to believe Read More
There are few good, inexpensive places to eat in the theater district. And now that it has become a neighborhood of monolithic buildings, the idea of opening a restaurant there that seats a mere 50 instead of 500 seems like a joke. But even though it’s only a few months old, the Garrick belongs to Read More