February 23, 2013 |
Two of New York's most prominent experimental troupes, the Wooster Group and Richard Maxwell's New York City Players, have joined forces to tackle a trio of early one-act dramas written by Eugene O'Neill about seafaring men and that vast expanse of briny rootlessness that is their existential home. There are, in short, three contrasting sensibilities at work in this production of "Early Plays," which opened Thursday at REDCAT, where it runs through Sunday. But they are united in their desire to cleanse the palate of theatergoers accustomed to a menu of stale and flavorless familiarity.
May 21, 1989 |
"The Glass Menagerie" by Tennesee Williams, Woodstock Summer Theater, New York, 1949 (Quintero's first stage work). "Dark of the Moon" by Howard Richardson and William Berney, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1950. "Summer and Smoke" by Tennessee Williams, Circle in the Square, 1952. "The Iceman Cometh" by Eugene O'Neill, Circle in the Square, 1956. "Long Day's Journey Into Night" by Eugene O'Neill, original Broadway production, 1956. "The Quare Fellow" by Brendan Behan, Circle in the Square, 1958.
December 13, 1992
Your otherwise fine interview with Jack Nicholson last Sunday contained an interviewer's error that surprisingly not even Nicholson caught: to wit, that until "Hoffa," Nicholson had never played a real-life person. Untrue. Nicholson portrayed playwright Eugene O'Neill in "Reds" in 1981. And one might even mount a case for his thinly disguised portrait of journalist Carl Bernstein in "Heartburn." I won't, but one might. JIM BEAVER Van Nuys
February 18, 1985 |
I have been troubled by an Associated Press story out of Orange Park, Fla., reporting what seems to me an incredible coincidence. I wasn't going to take note of it here, but several clippings of it have been sent to me, from various newspapers, and I feel obliged to comment. The story said that Jim Mattson, an English teacher at Orange Park High School, had been collecting his students' malapropisms over a period of four years--both at Orange Park and during his previous assignment in Exeter, N.H., and it gave some examples.
July 10, 1989
The Danville house where Eugene O'Neill wrote some of his best-known plays has been closed by the National Park Service because of a dispute over an access road. People living near Tao House, where O'Neill lived from 1937 to 1944, have threatened to block the road because of the constant stream of visitors. Park officials say that as many as 40 people a day visit the house where O'Neill lived when he wrote "The Iceman Cometh," "Long Day's Journey Into Night" and "Moon for the Misbegotten."
June 17, 1989 |
It's disconcerting to realize that Eugene O'Neill wrote his dreadful "A Touch of the Poet" after "Long Day's Journey Into Night." Like watching a former ace hurler refusing to retire and giving up countless home run balls, seeing "Poet" is to see O'Neill's genius in complete rigor mortis. Gaycq Manifold's Celtic Arts Center production transcends physical laws by making this truly dead play, about an arrogant, pipe-dreaming innkeeper and his headstrong daughter, a little more dead.