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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
Avg Score

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

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

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.

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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