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Ah, Wilderness!

From 32 member  reviews
Members say: Slow, Dated, Entertaining, Disappointing, Funny

About the show

Blackfriars Repertory Theatre and The Storm Theatre present Eugene O’Neill's classic comedy about the trials and tribulations of a young man and his loving family in a small Connecticut town on July 4, 1906. More…

O’Neill described his play as, “A nostalgic comedy of the ancient days when youth was young, and the right was right, and life was a wicked opportunity.”

Member Reviews (32)


Slow, Dated, Entertaining, Disappointing, Funny

Slow, Dated, Uneven acting, Unpolished, Disappointing

See it if you are O'Neill completist. More telling to see AW (even subpar prdn) than read it. Lead (Richard) is talented. More melodrama than comedy.

Don't see it if you want strong acting/staging. Many diff acting styles, mostly unsuccessful. Script may have merit, but imposs to tell here. Amateurish.

Mostly miscast, Dull, Dated, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you're an O'Neill completist and want to see a community theater production of his sole "comedy" about turn-of the-century coming-of-age.

Don't see it if you're seeking laughs from your comedy [There are scant few to be found here]; you seek a fast-paced, exciting theatre piece.

Also This might be a gem of a play, considering that it was written by one ... Read more Read less

Dated, Funny, Overrated, Slow, Great staging

See it if you want to see a play by O'Neill that isn't often seen. It's a pleasant story about a family but it's dated.

Don't see it if you want an exciting drama or a great comedy.There is humor but it's at the expense of an issue called alcoholism.

Also It was interesting to see life through a family's eye in 1906. Things ... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Romantic, Slow, Uneven, Overrated

See it if You love O’Neill and are willing to see a less than quality production of one of his earlier plays. You enjoy classic plays.

Don't see it if You need a highly polished production of a well-known classic to enjoy that classic. You are looking for a 90 minute show. This is over 2 H.

Long night's journey into boredom

See it if Want to see O'Neill's only "comedy". This is a period piece written in '33 and set in 1908. It's slow, long, and doesn't hold up.

Don't see it if You want to laugh. This production drags from its first scene and I felt depressed when I left. Apparently not all O'Neill needs revisiting.

Delightful, Cliched, Dated, Slow, Intelligent

See it if coming-of-age story of young man at turn of 20th century, an O'Neill story with a happy family; the young man likes to recite poetry*

Don't see it if want characters with depth, don't want cliches, 2 hrs 45 min with intermission**; alcoholic character treated humorously

Also * Title of play comes from one of them.... Read more Read less

Slow, Dated, Well-produced

See it if you HAVE to see all of O'Neill's works. Actors were very good - the play itself is not. Language felt offensive to women - "Man knows best".

Don't see it if you don't want to be offended. Story is dated has not aged well.

Also I was curious to see an O'Neill "comedy" given his other works. Wow - ... Read more Read less

Slow, Romantic, Overrated, Fluffy, Dated

See it if You are a fan Eugene O’Neill work, comedy, family drama, historical pieces, coming of age story set in 1906 in CT

Don't see it if You dont enjoy shows that deals with family dynamics in 1906 in rural area, offended by referral to alcoholism, prostitution, long plays

Classic, Great eugene o'neill, Supposed to be a comedy, Slow, Disappointing

See it if Worth seeing if you love O'Neill and American Classics, even tho the director seemed to forget it's supposed to be a comedy!

Don't see it if You'll get impatient with the slow pace and lack of laughs in spite of some good performances. Can't justify 2hrs20min

Also Altho it's often not fair to compare productions, I feel so lucky that... Read more Read less

Dated, Slow

See it if You are interested in a period piece of middle class family life before world war 1 .

Don't see it if You want a fast moving absorbing plot.

Dated, Slow, Not a comedy, Has little to say

See it if you see all things O'Neil. Be warned that this only a "comedy" because it isn't like the rest of the O'N cannon, not because it's funny.

Don't see it if Slow, uneven acting more at the low end, nothing much to say other than perhaps hearkening to simpler times, skip it.

Slow, Lacked laughs, Dated, Sincere performances

See it if you are curious about the only "comedy" that Eugene ONeill wrote.

Don't see it if you are not patient. Keep in mind it is dated.

Also The actors who portrayed Nat & Essie Miller seemed more like Richard M... Read more Read less

Clever, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you want to see O’Neill’s only comedy.

Don't see it if you are do not like straight plays on the longer side.

Slow, Romantic, Funny, Delightful, Cliched

See it if you want to see a comedy by Eugene O'Neill

Don't see it if you want a high production budget show in a large theater

Dated, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you are curious what an O'Neill comedy looks like or you want a long, slow period piece.

Don't see it if you care that the acting (with the exception of Richard) feels either disengaged or forced and that it feels as long as it is.

January 31st, 2019
“I’ve never seen ‘Ah, Wilderness!’ done on a small scale, and this production...Passes the no-budget test...While Dobbins’s cast is somewhat uneven in quality, most of the actors are quite good...As for Dobbins’s staging, it’s as uncomplicated as the décor...just a straightforward rendering of th...
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February 6th, 2019
“It takes an especially nimble company, aided by an equally adept director, to bring out the melancholy highlights in this otherwise nostalgic, sun-splashed comedy and, in truth, Dobbins and his troupe aren't really up to the job. In this play, more than most, nuance is everything, and it is a qu...
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February 4th, 2019
"Shorter than his dramas but still feels long at two hours and 40 minutes with an intermission but it is absorbing nonetheless. That’s due to its novel perspective...The youthful Peter Atkinson is outstanding as Richard and is the production’s centerpiece...Director Peter Dobbins’ solid yet sensi...
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February 4th, 2019
“While ‘Ah, Wilderness!’ is definitely a comedy, don't go in expecting broad jokes about sex and politics. The humor here is more subdued...Dobbins stays true to O'Neill, giving a straight-forward rendition to honor his legacy. The one thing that stands out is the commitment of lead actor Peter C...
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