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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

Sweet, Long, Profound, Ambitious, Nostalgic

See it if you have never seen this classic American play. The production captures the loving family overcoming the problems of another era.

Don't see it if you cannot sit though more than three hours with only one intermission.

Lesser eugene o’neil script, Dated classic, Entertaining, Sentimental, Nostalgic

See it if Coming of age story of an idealistic literary-minded boy (based on autobiographical material) 100 years ago. Lead actor is spot on.

Don't see it if You want a polished professional production, or don’t have patience for a long, slow play about a long-gone simpler age.

Also Projections (which I didn’t see due to projector malfunction) could ha... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want to be entertained and see a play about a family in 1906 and their trials and tribulations. You want to see nice costumes.

Don't see it if You are not interested in the story of a young man and his family. You want a heavily dramatic performance. You don't want to laugh.

Ambitious, Dated, Indulgent, Fluffy, Slow

See it if You really love Eugene O'Neill. It's certainly part of the catalog, though not his best.

Don't see it if You get bored. You don't like teenage love stories.

Entertaining, Great writing, Delightful, Funny

See it if U enjoy traditional theatre; in tone, this is reminiscent of "You Can't Take It With U." U want to see the only comedy Eugene O'Neill wrote.

Don't see it if U won't enjoy a traditional, middle of the road production; prefer more "cutting edge" drama to a comediy set in 1906 & written in the 30s.

Also I personally preferred this to last year's offering by the same troupe... Read more Read less

Dated, Classic, Engaging, Uneven acting by ensemble

See it if you are interested an old O'Neill work about youthful naivete with all its idealism/intellectualism & turn-of-the- century morality

Don't see it if you're looking for an exciting production or uniformly great acting; not interested in seeing plays about puritanism, alcoholism & sex

Also This is a nearly 100 year old 'coming of age' story about a kid in a r... Read more Read less

Great acting, Dated, Slow, O’neill’s only comedy

See it if Sometimes feels like the O’Neill version of Our Town - the happy mirror image of the family in Long Days Journey Into Night so a bit jarring

Don't see it if It’s Oneill at his most hopeful when youth and dreams seemed limitless but like his other works long and much more limited

Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you want to see O'Neill's only comedy done well. The cast is quite good and very well directed. The actor playing Richard is esp. good

Don't see it if you are not a fan of traditional straight plays. It's a bit long at 2hrs40 min but then it IS O'Neill

Entertaining, Slow, Dated, Good staging, Clever

See it if You enjoy classic plays performed in a small intimate theater with capable actors/actresses.

Don't see it if You find older plays with dated material to be tiresome, or want a new staging of a classic play.

Entertaining, Great writing, Dated

See it if you like a small theater, want to feel close to the action, like period pieces, good costumes, and people who care about their role.

Don't see it if you do not like pieces that celebrate the goodness in all of us and the American Dream.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Dated

See it if You enjoy period pieces, are interested in seeing O’Neils only comedy about family life in rural CT in 1906. Actor playing Richard very good

Don't see it if You expect an intense family drama, fancy set & costumes. Is an old fashioned play. Long but I was not bored

Nostalgic, Charming, Great staging, Eugene o’neill “light”, Entertaining

See it if This is a period piece complete with music of that era. A large cast portrayed family dealing with alcoholism and young love.

Don't see it if You are not interested O’Neill’s oeuvre. You want a fast moving production.

Hilarious, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if See it you like long plays from beginning of last century . A nice story about a family relationships and that era

Don't see it if Don’t see is you like a fast play with a lot of action

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Funny

See it if You love O’Neill. This was delightful! Not heavy at all.

Don't see it if You can’t do a long play although you won’t be checking you watch in this one.

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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