August 14, 2009 |
Roger Bean, writer-director of the long-running musical "The Marvelous Wonderettes," now playing off-Broadway, is back in town with his newest entertainment, "Life Could Be a Dream," at the Hudson Mainstage. If you're in the mood for Eugene O'Neill, give this show a pass. However, if you want unapologetically escapist entertainment, superbly rendered in every particular, this is your ticket. "Dream" is so frothy it floats. Like "Wonderettes," "Dream" features a small cast of lovable characters who group together under a flimsy but serviceable pretext to bop their hearts out and sing vintage rock 'n' roll standards in heavenly harmony.
July 30, 2006
YOUR piece describes a small but still troubling step in the decline of Western Civilization ["A Steady Diet of Plot Luck," July 23]. Untold theater companies around the country, including a number locally, are falling over themselves to mount productions of what amounts to Suzan-Lori Parks' daily musings, simply because she has stature. She is a MacArthur "genius" and a Pulitzer winner for the incoherent, pointless exercise that is "Top Dog/Underdog." She puts on paper anything that comes into her mind.
March 25, 2006 |
NO writer more than Eugene O'Neill exemplifies Yeats' notion of the artist forced to choose "perfection of the life, or of the work." After a suicide attempt at 23, the man who would eventually be considered the founding father of American drama resolved to turn himself into a playwright.
November 20, 2005 |
ON paper, Gabriel Byrne should be happy right now. He's back on Broadway, starring in a play he loves by a playwright he reveres. The production, a Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Eugene O'Neill's "A Touch of the Poet," allows him to live at his Brooklyn Heights town house, see his kids regularly and exercise his considerable stage muscles while waiting for the release of two new films he says he's quite proud of.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2005 |
A native son he was not, but Eugene O'Neill -- Nobel Prize-winning playwright, American theater's great chronicler of foible and dysfunction -- sank important roots in this upscale Bay Area town. O'Neill toiled through the last days of the Great Depression and early war years to write his final and, by most accounts, greatest plays cloistered in a tile-roofed hideaway called Tao House up a hillside from Danville's tree-lined downtown.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2003 |
Eugene O'Neill spent some of his most productive writing years on a ranch in this San Francisco Bay Area suburb -- but you'd never know because the town has no monument to him. Now, local boosters of O'Neill, who died in 1953, want the city to recognize the connection with a plaque, a statue or newly named street. They say one donor has promised $20,000 for a tribute O'Neill, considered by many to be America's greatest playwright, lived and worked in Danville from 1937 to 1944.