Already closed | 3h 45m | Midtown W

Long Day's Journey into Night

From 431 member  reviews
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. More…

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.

3h 45m | Already closed | American Airlines Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (431)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Great writing, Masterful
83
Avg Score

75
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great writing, Resonant, Long

See it if you like classic Amer theater. An arresting (but overlong) script w/rich characters. Nice to set it in its period (take that, Ivo).

Don't see it if you can't find 4 hours in your life to visit w the tormented Tyrones. Very talky, repetitive. Imperfect performances (Lange/Bryne best).

90
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Riveting

See it if You enjoy seeing a classic play brought to life by some of the best actors gathered on one stage. Jessica Lange is magical!

Don't see it if You have a short attention span. It's long but worth it.

90
Profound, Relevant, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

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.

60
Great acting, Unfocused, Boring, Long, Wearisome

See it if you're a big fan of the play or of any of the performers, particularly Michael Shannon and Jessica Lange.

Don't see it if a running time of 3 hours and 45 minutes is daunting to you, particularly when it feels like there are plenty of extraneous moments.

84
Ambitious, Intense, Great acting, Great writing, Indulgent

See it if you're a fan of O'Neill, like great acting, enjoy Jessica Lange, like epic family stories, see good perfs from Byrne and Shannon

Don't see it if you can't endure a 3 hour 45 min play, don't enjoy O'Neill's verbosity, don't like scenes that get extended too long or played in darkness

85
Definitive mary tyrone by jessica lange in strong production of o'neill's finest

See it if /for sublime Lange, fine Michael Shannon/ James Jr., brilliant portrayal corrosive effect booze/drugs, set evoking characters' ghostly lives

Don't see it if /since John Gallagher ineffectual Edmund Tyrone; admire performances without always being moved by them

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Epic

See it if you enjoy shows with themes of family dysfunction or alcohol/substance abuse. I drew parallels with Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.

Don't see it if you're looking for something light and fluffy--or short (this behemoth of a show runs 3 hours 45 minutes).

85
Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant, Great acting, Epic

See it if You want to see a major revival of a major American classic with incredible acting.

Don't see it if You can't fathom sitting through a four-hour family drama.

97
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting, Resonant

See it if You like intensity and family drama. A classic by a great American playwright who bares his soul. Still current today.

Don't see it if You expect a happy musical with a fairytale ending.

90
Great acting, Epic, Intelligent, Slow, Long

See it if you want to see a fine production of an American classic w/ impressive performances. Autobiographical aspects are fascinating and sad.

Don't see it if you can't sit for 4 hours, and you're not up to really concentrate. Also don't see it if family drama doesn't interest you.

85
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

85
Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Riveting, Intense

See it if Timeless writing that resonates today. Masterful performances from everyone. A rare chance to see the best in the biz ply their craft.

Don't see it if Very, very long. Some will find it old-fashioned. You must pay attention and think. It's not an easy watch.

82
Great acting, Great writing

See it if you want to see excellent actors in a masterpiece

Don't see it if long, very long

89
Great writing, Great acting, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if Love great performances of work by one of the USA's most brilliant writer

Don't see it if giving up 4 hrs of your life isn't worth great art.

94
Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Great writing, Epic

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

48
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.

84
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You love the classics. Lange is at the top of her game. Wonderfully cast and acted. The audience intimately knows the characters.

Don't see it if You do not like a period piece family drama, or if you can not sit through a long production.

72
Ambitious, Masterful, Great acting

See it if You like great, timeless drama.

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

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intense

See it if You want to see an excellent revival of a classic play. The performances are outstanding and gut wrenching.

Don't see it if You prefer comedy or lighter fare. This play is long and requires total attention and concentration.

83
Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Masterful, Intense

See it if a fan of this classic play & playwright. Jessica Lange gives an amazing, masterful, heart wrenching performance.

Don't see it if are not a fan of Eugene O'Neill or have problems sitting for long length of time, though time did seem to fly.

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if What a cast!

Don't see it if Cannot sit for long.

81
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you want to see great actors - particularly Gabriel Byrne - tackle one of the great family dysfunction plays.

Don't see it if if you can't take nearly four hours of heavy drama

85
Great acting, Great writing, Epic, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a stellar cast at the top of their game taking on a modern classic.

Don't see it if you are looking for a quick theatre fix (the show runs almost four hours), or if you are sensitive to issues of substance abuse.

45
Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you have the patience for a poorly directed interpretation bordering on melodrama.

Don't see it if You expect subtlety or new insights into this classic play. Great actors wasted by bad direction.

88
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


April 27th, 2016
"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 o...
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April 27th, 2016
"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 c...
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April 27th, 2016
"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 La...
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April 27th, 2016
"Kent’s new production feels weathered instead of raw, hollow instead of potent…Jessica Lange has a masterful grasp of her character’s fragility...There is a surprising distance and disconnect — between the actors and their characters, between the actors and the audience...Do the actors admire O’...
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