Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Great writing, Masterful

About the show

Roundabout presents Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about the original dysfunctional family featuring an all-star cast: Gabriel Byrne, Michael Shannon, John Gallagher, Jr., and Jessica Lange, who won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play.

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In a single day, we meet the members of the Tyrone family: the blustering actor-father, the opium-addicted mother, the rebellious older brother and the poetic, sickly younger brother. 'Long Days Journey into Night' explores the self delusions and lack of communication that chain the Tyrones together and threaten to destroy them. Drawing so heavily from the author’s personal history that he demanded it not be produced in his lifetime, the story of the Tyrone family and their battle to unearth–and conceal–a lifetime of secrets continues to reveal itself to audiences as a profound and powerful play.

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The New York Times

"What you do doubt is that they are members of the same family, bound by blood ties that will ultimately strangle them. That, unfortunately, is an omission that can make 'Long Day’s Journey' feel even longer than it is…Mr. Byrne gives a beautiful performance — a haunted and haunting incarnation of fraying majesty…His character, an emblem of squandered potential, paradoxically turns out to provide this disjunctive production with its one memorable instance of great potential fulfilled." Full Review

New York Post

“Lange applies a relatively light touch here...The show simmers at a low, but effective, boil. It’s striking to consider how minimal it is and how epic it feels...Byrne fares best whenever he’s opposite Lange...Still the stage belongs to Shannon and especially Lange, who slowly builds to Mary’s operatic aria of desperation — few actors can express vulnerability so achingly. You don’t need shock tactics to rivet an audience in its seats.” Full Review


"As staged by Jonathan Kent, the outstanding revival has a lighter tone and softer edges that, paradoxically, impart a deeper sorrow onto this classic domestic tragedy...Lange brings both grace and gravity to Mary’s futile efforts to deny reality…Byrne’s performance as James Tyrone, Sr., is quietly commanding…Michael Shannon delivers a strong performance as Jamie…As Edmund, the focus of so much of the family angst on this terrible, terrible day, John Gallagher, Jr., is likely just miscast." Full Review

Time Out New York

"Jessica Lange brings stunning colors to the role of a woman clawing her way through fog. You can’t take your eyes off her…The other actors orbit around Lange’s blazing star turn in painfully believable patterns of resignation...Although 'Long Day’s Journey' is nearly four hours long, and deals centrally with stasis it passes quickly...You’re grateful for every minute you get to spend in the beautiful, miserable company of a family whose abiding devotion is hopeless." Full Review


"A magnificent production…Director Jonathan Kent and an extraordinary cast led by Jessica Lange and Gabriel Byrne have achieved a masterful staging of the undisputed classic…It's Shannon, though, with a growling New York accent, who torches the stage in a blistering fourth-act tour de force…Kent's production runs three hours and forty-five minutes, yet his nimble pacing mostly dissolves all sense of time right through to the last word." Full Review

The Huffington Post

"An above-average—but merely 'above-average'—revival...Shannon and Lange, with a partial victory by Byrne, are not quite enough. John Gallagher, Jr simply doesn’t work out as stand-in for the playwright...Even so, this is a welcome opportunity to see the play, and the chance to see a top-flight performance by Jessica Lange. But when you leave 'Long Day' enthusing about the actress playing Mary Tyrone—well, that doesn’t seem to be where O’Neill was heading." Full Review

Lighting & Sound America

“I've seen several fine productions of ‘Long Day's Journey’, but never have the characters' savage emotions percolated so close to the surface....At the American Airlines these nights, the characters' fury is red hot, their sorrows so corrosive that of course they grab desperately at anything to dull the pain. This may or may not be the best version I've seen, but it is certainly the most immediate. These Tyrones know where each other's scar tissue is, and they aren't afraid to probe it.” Full Review

The Guardian (UK)

"If Jonathan Kent’s production sometimes suffers from low spirits and the script – with its repeated exclamations, recriminations and long quotations – can sound confoundingly circular, it remains a visceral and poetic evocation of familial tenderness and injury…At its best moments – and there are many – this 'Long Day’s Journey Into Night' shows us life as it is and also the clarity and fog, the darkness and light, that surround it." Full Review

DC Theatre Scene

"For those who saw the 2003 Broadway production, the new production is likely to feel in some ways disappointing. All three men in the current production are terrific actors, who have done better work elsewhere...Lange makes Mary the center of attention for the audience as well. She is not just a fading ethereal figure, but a robust woman whose entire life unfolds before us—alternatively innocent, skittish, coquettish, sneering, full-out furious, resigned. It’s a memorable performance." Full Review

The Hollywood Reporter

"Kent's starry production, led by a transfixing Jessica Lange, invites us to see reflections of our own closest relationships in the haunted Tyrones…Shannon puts such a unique spin on so much of his dialogue that the play's final act takes on invigorating new life…But the production belongs to Lange…Lange inhabits those unearthly spaces with fragility but also with the fierce narcissism and cunning of the addict." Full Review

AM New York

"A strong revival of the four-hour tragedy staged by English director Jonathan Kent and led by a powerful quartet of actors…This is an extremely difficult play to pull off, relying on rich prose instead of overt action and featuring miserable characters basking in overwhelming despair. The performances here are exceptional all around, but the production is likely to grow smoother and more engrossing as the run continues. The stylized and spare set design is distracting and looks incomplete." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"You're catapulted on less of a roller-coaster ride of feeling than is sometimes the case, and because that can be a major source of exhilaration, the final product may not satisfy everyone. But everything is here and, within these strictures, just about everything works. This is especially true of Lange, who's superb as Mary...It's a testament to both the play and Kent's treatment of it that these stumbles cannot stop this production from landing with full hurricane force." Full Review

New York Daily News

"Even a perfectly tuned production can be an endurance test. Performances aren’t all equal in Jonathan Kent’s staging...Jessica Lange maximizes her meaty role’s potential…And when she’s not onstage, Lange is missed. Actors playing the Tyrone men—each in love with the bottle—have varying degrees of success. As the tightwad James, Gabriel Byrne has the presence of a matinee idol...John Gallagher, Jr., fails to summon much grace or gravity." Full Review


"The revival is transfixing. It may sound like no fun at all to spend nearly four hours with the Tyrone family, but by the time this journey was done, I was completely given over to the dark and dangerous spell of O’Neill’s masterpiece. It was as though I was seeing it for the first time. This would have been impossible without one of the rarest convergences on Broadway: an all-star cast and director that works as well on stage as they promised on paper." Full Review


"Revisiting the unhappily chained together by their familial bonds Tyrones has enthralled me again and again. Happily, that was the case with my latest visit...At almost four hours it's long, but somehow never too long...Lange's current portrayal is one of the best and most moving I've seen...When she makes her final descent down the cottage's steep staircase carrying her treasured wedding dress, it's gut-wrenching...Fortunately the other actors impressively support Ms. Lange." Full Review


"Not only has director Jonathan Kent assembled such a dynamic cast and achieved titanic performances from them, he has staged everything with geometric preciseness…For a play of such length the pace is as swift as possible utilizing overlapping dialogue and overall seamlessness…The Tyrones’ unhappiness is specific yet timelessly universal. That’s why the play enduringly resonates and this revival magnificently affirms that." Full Review

Bob's Theater Blog

"Brevity and subtlety are not among O’Neill’s strengths…The fourth and final act seemed endless...The first problem for me was that Shannon is so much bigger than Byrne that he literally and figuratively overshadows him. In a restrained performance, Byrne is not convincing as a former matinee idol. Lange’s Mary, on the other hand, is much too theatrical for my taste...Jonathan Kent’s direction does not produce a unity of approach from the actors. " Full Review

The Wrap

"Byrne’s portrayal stands out for its understatement…Under Jonathan Kent’s direction, Byrne and Lange handle the sharp changes in tone adeptly to create a mesmerizing dance of death… Kent is not as fortunate with Gallagher. Those shifts are jarring, sometimes risible, when he attempts them…Even though Shannon tries to recede into the background, his immense presence pulls focus…He’s a force of nature, and Byrne’s James Tyrone, especially, could never be his father." Full Review

Front Row Center

"I felt nothing. I wasn’t moved, not once, either to laughter or tears...Part of the problem is that the actors have been allowed to get weepy pretty often, and we are unconstrained to join them, but a larger part of the problem is the director’s failure to connect them, in any meaningful way, or to pull them together into any semblance of a real family. With the exception of John Gallagher Jr., the actors do fine individually, but they are acting in their own vacuums." Full Review

Woman Around Town

"Jessica Lange has here written the dictionary on various forms of nuanced, nervous laughter, fluttering hands, darting eyes, and erratic vocal change. The actress embodies power, desperation, and fragility with equal conviction…Much of this play has the Tyrone family staring at each other or brooding in a corner. There’s also a great deal of anxious, aimless walking and hapless gesturing. Kent successfully holds tension and guides focus during these evocative parentheses." Full Review


"The temptation is to talk all day and into the night about Jessica Lange as Mary Tyrone...This really is, with perhaps one miscalculation, a stunning revival of this churning family exorcism...Nothing gets in the way of O’Neill’s emotional rhythms, which come in waves and mood swings of lumbering honesty, outbursts and apologies, litanies of accusation and self-recrimination. Everyone has betrayed everyone else in this great play, but O’Neill makes us believe in them all." Full Review


“Jessica Lange gives one of the most transcendent stage performances seen in years...What this production, beautifully directed by Jonathan Kent, lets you see is the deep love that's shared in American drama's most famous dysfunctional family...The acting company isn't perfect. Gallagher is a bit too modern, and the mostly very good Shannon is occasionally an awkward fit...Byrne, though, makes a compelling James, an ideal companion for Lange's haunted Mary.” Full Review


"Roundabout’s first-rate take on O’Neill’s 'Long Day’s Journey'…Director Jonathan Kent guides the simple and elegant, nearly 4-hour-long production…Leads Lange and Byrne share an effortless chemistry…Lange is magnetic as the family matriarch…This is a solid production of a canonical play. The actors inhabit their characters with as much truth as can be mustered: Lange, for one, seems so immersed that we feel as if we were watching some real Mary Tyrone.” Full Review

The Wall Street Journal

"Kent’s direction and Ms. Lange’s performance really keep the character’s descent under choreographed control...It is a portrayal that sustains the audience in rapt voyeuristic attention almost to the end…This ensemble makes for a compelling evening. If the impression doesn’t last much longer, the fault is partly O’Neill’s. For all the careful choreography of spiritual descent, you don’t watch this play to see characters evolve (or devolve). There is nothing really to be surprised at." Full Review


"Jonathan Kent’s immaculate production starring Jessica Lange leading a glorious ensemble, is riveting from start to finish…Our hearts bleed for Lange's Mary Tyrone...She is hauntingly radiant. The beauty of this production is the perfect balance - both in the writing and performances - that speaks to the emotional interdependence defining so many American families. Like the scarred Tyrones, we fight, we cry, we love and amid all the sadness, we manage to survive." Full Review

See: Critics' Reviews | Members' Reviews

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if What a cast!

Don't see it if Cannot sit for long.

Disappointing, Slow, Dated, Miscast, Badly-directed

See it if you enjoy Jessica Lange who is good here as she is almost anywhere

Don't see it if you want to see a great or a definitive production of this American classic.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Great writing

See it if you love the classics and want to catch a tour-de-force performance by Jessica Lange

Don't see it if you're fidgety - it's a long show

Disappointing, Insipid, Slow, Bad acting

See it if You already know you like the writing. You like Eugene O'Neill's. You want to be bored throughout a long play.

Don't see it if You have anything better to do. You want to be entertained in any way shape or form.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Resonant

See it if you want to see great performances, especially Jessica Lange and Gabriel Byrne, in a true american mid-century classic.

Don't see it if 4 hours is just too long, especially if you don't like family dramas.

Absorbing, Exquisite, Masterful, Resonant, Riveting

See it if you want to see a Great performance by Jessica Lange in a very good production of an American classic.

Don't see it if you don't care about American theater.

Great acting, Riveting, Great writing

See it if you want to see a classic play with an outstanding lead performance by Jessica Lange

Don't see it if you think 3.5 hours is too long to sit through a dialogue-heavy play that relies on writing and characterization and not fancy effects

Ambitious, Great acting, Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you enjoy good text and seeing fine actors on stage

Don't see it if you have no attention span and do not enjoy long shows

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You appreciate a dramatic family tale with powerful performances.

Don't see it if You have a short attention span - the play is very long.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Great writing

See it if you enjoy Eugene O'Neill's work. A great cast and very interesting story makes for riveting theater. Jessica Lange was amazing.

Don't see it if you cannot sit through a long play or if you dislike stories involving addiction or family dramas.

Exquisite, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting, Great staging

See it if you love the play and want to see a great production with an incredible cast.

Don't see it if you hate great plays that are well directed and terrifically acted.

Epic, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you like complicated family relationships.

Don't see it if you don't like 4 hour plays.

Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Riveting, Great writing

See it if you want to see a masterful revival of a classic. You will not want to have missed this production, if only for bragging rights

Don't see it if you can't sit still for 4 hours or can't deal with heavy plots that involves dark themes

Ambitious, Intense, Slow

See it if family dynamics and drug abuse make an appealing dramatic turn

Don't see it if O'Neill's family dramas are too much to begin with. Good roles by Gabriel Byrne and Jessica Lange don't overcome slow burn of drugs

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Profound, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You like a grand poetic work of literature, that makes you think about the human condition. Jessica Lange is amazing.

Don't see it if You are not up for a nearly 4 hour play.

Great acting, Masterful, Profound, Resonant

See it if You love O'Neill and Jessica Lange. Her performance is sensational. Byrne is wonderful too and this is THE American classic about families.

Don't see it if You don't like long and depressing plays about families. Michael Shannon is out of place in this play and Gallagher Jr can't hold his own.

Ambitious, Epic, Masterful, Profound, Resonant

See it if Lange makes masterful choices negotiating the script; remarkable clarity and navigates the humor and pathos the same

Don't see it if four plus hours may be needed and necessary but its still a gargantuan task to experience

Slow, Dated

See it if You want to see a histrionic, over the top Lange, I didn't. Byrne is very good, Gallagher had his charms. Shannon is usually better.

Don't see it if You don't want to be disabused of the idea this is a great play. This writing would not be forgiven today. The direction makes it worse.

Epic, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if so-so production of an important play. Strong performances but uninspired direction

Don't see it if uninspired directing/scenic/blocking /lighting/sound choices...

Great acting, Great writing, Disappointing, Slow, Dated

See it if you are a Eugene O'Neill; Jessica Lange; Gabriel Byrne; John Gallagher, Jr. fan...

Don't see it if you can't go to today's matinee, as it is the final performance...

Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if you want to experience a classic play & appreciate life struggles. Excellent acting makes time dissappear as you are immersed in the story.

Don't see it if 3 hrs 45 mins of challenging family drama has no possibility of engaging your mind or if you enjoy ONLY light plays with happy engings.

Ambitious, Great acting, Masterful

See it if You like great, timeless drama.

Don't see it if You're not ready for a mammoth (4-hr) performance.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Masterful, Riveting

See it if You want to see masterful acting from Jessica Lange, Gabriel Byrne & Michael Shannon. Outshines the Redgrave/Dennehy/PSH production.

Don't see it if You can't sit still for 4 hours and have no interest in classic American dramas about dysfunctional families.

Absorbing, Epic, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you need to check it off your list of American classics and love great acting

Don't see it if 3:45 is just too damn long for you.

Epic, Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Great writing

See it if Well worth the 4 hrs. - autobiographical portrait of O'Neil's tragic family dynamics & addiction, alcoholism in 1912. Epic acting by all.

Don't see it if I was apprehensive of my ability to sit through a 4 hr. play, but the amazing acting, particularly Lange, Byrne & Shannon make it a must-see

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