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Hughie – Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh

Writer: Eugene O’Neill Reviewer: Dominic Corr Al Pacino, Jason Robards, Forest Whitaker, and now, Phil Nichol, one hell of a listing to have one common trait, what is it you may wonder? They've all performed the role of loveable rogue Erie Smith in Eugene O'Neill’s short, one-act production of Hughie. Set in midtown New York, as a gambler laments the ...

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Long Day’s Journey Into Night – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Eugene O'Neill Director: Dominic Hill Reviewer: Torran McEwan The play starts with an uncomfortable mimicry of a happy family. Mary and James, the parents of the family, are embarrassingly cute, professing their love for one another while their sons faux-retch. But despite everyone’s herculean efforts, the façade is falling apart. Eugene O’Neill’s autobiographical play tracks one day, from breakfast ...

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Long Day’s Journey Into Night – Wyndham’s Theatre, London

Writer: Eugene O’Neill Director: Richard Eyre Reviewer: Scott Matthewman There can be few plays which provoke the feeling of being a spectator at a car crash. Eugene O’Neill’s masterwork, which earned him a posthumous Pulitzer Prize, invites us to watch as the Tyrone family analyse their own self-destruction. It is an invitation that is impossible to refuse. The spectre of ...

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Desire Under the Elms – Crucible, Sheffield

Writer: Eugene O’Neill Director: Sam Yates Designer: Chiara Stephenson Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Desire Under the Elms is a powerful and moving play. The highly acclaimed American playwright Eugene O’Neill wrote this play in 1924. He was strongly influenced by Greek tragedy which impacted on his work. During his lifetime, he won four Pulitzer prizes and the Nobel prize for literature. ...

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Anna Christie – The Wild Project, New York

Writer: Eugene O’Neill Director: Peter Richards Reviewer: Jamie Rosler With a deceptively simple set, and a relatively straightforward story to tell, Anna Christie, directed by Peter Richards at The Wild Project, hardly seems like an almost 100-year-old script. While some of the text does feel dated in these actors' mouths, the themes that were so cutting edge in 1921 are still surprisingly, or ...

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Long Day’s Journey Into Night – Bristol Old Vic

Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville

Writer: Eugene O'Neill Director:Richard Eyre Reviewer:Kris Hallett   It's a big year for Bristol Old Vic with its 250-year celebration making it the oldest theatre in Britain. It passes this, its showcase event with aplomb; director Richard Eyre, who was inspired to go into the theatre having watched Peter O'Toole's Hamlet here as a schoolboy, working in the city for ...

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INTERVIEW: Hadley Fraser takes a Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Hadley Fraser

Hadley Fraser must have built up some good karma in a previous life. For 10 years he was a leading man in a number of musicals including two successful stints inLes Miserables, portraying Raul in the 25thanniversary ofThe Phantom of the Operaand aged just 26 opening a show on BroadwayThe Pirate Queen(though it'sarguablethe luck kicked back, the show created by ...

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Fog – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: Eugene O’Neill Director: Grace Wessels Reviewer: Alex Ramon It’s a pretty good moment to be a Eugene O’Neill fan in London, especially one with an interest in the playwright’s less frequently staged works. Not only is the Old Vic about to open its revival of O’Neill’’s The Hairy Ape, but the tiny yet always-enterprising Jermyn Street Theatre is presenting ...

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