Long Day's Journey into Night (Audible)
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Long Day's Journey into Night (Audible)
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Long Day's Journey into Night (Audible) NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(35 Reviews)
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Mixed
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Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Intense

Eugene O'Neill's masterful drama is reimagined by TONY-nominated director Robert O'Hara (Slave Play).

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Member Reviews (35)

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517 Reviews | 106 Followers
84
Director made it all about him, Confusing, Great acting

See it if You want to see an updated take on an old classic. The acting was a home run!

Don't see it if you like your classics to stay untouched. Or if you will be bothered by casting decisions that made no sense Read more

468 Reviews | 65 Followers
77
Great acting

See it if After a moment of peace, family members with alcohol/drug abuse dramatically unravel and fight with each other.

Don't see it if Injection/drugs and alcohol abuse/addiction, depression, family dramas, covid aren't your thing. 2 hours 10 mins; no intermission. Read more

455 Reviews | 51 Followers
70
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if see great actors in a trimmed-down classic.

Don't see it if want the full play. Take is too modern for some. Felt long at 2 hours.

414 Reviews | 74 Followers
80
Long, Disturbing, Great acting, Intense, Great writing

See it if Great performance by Marvel. Want to see an O'Neill classic updated to mask-wearing days, interesting staging with projections*

Don't see it if Don't want dysfunctional family drama with drug/alcohol abuse. Family that blames yet enables. each other. Long, even though original Read more

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398 Reviews | 70 Followers
78
Effective projections, Two hours no intermission, Contemporary staging, Abbreviated version, Great performance and ensemble

See it if Are as fan of the play or O'Neill and open to a contemporary interpretation.

Don't see it if Need action instead of dialogue. Want a feel good night at the theatre.

371 Reviews | 70 Followers
78
Great design

See it if you love the play/are open to a condensed version.

Don't see it if you're not an O'neill fan to begin with. Read more

284 Reviews | 143 Followers
98
Intelligent, Absorbing, Resonant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Eugene O'Neill classic,set in 1912,is just as compelling in Robert O'Hara rendition,set in our time of disease& isolation.Strong cast.MORE*

Don't see it if This drama is meant 2B dark&slow. Don't go if unfamiliar w/ this play or O'Neill.Then you'll miss a unique American theatrical experience. Read more

295 Reviews | 74 Followers
83
Profound, Resonant, Great acting

See it if A pandemic era version of this classic play in condensed form. Excellent acting by the two principals Elizabeth Marvel and Bill Macy.

Don't see it if You prefer a lighter subject matter. This deals with drug addiction and mental health issues. Not for everyone. Read more

Critic Reviews (15)

The New York Times
January 25th, 2022

"CRITIC’S PICK...Yet there they are, prominent props in Robert O’Hara’s warp-speed Covid-era revival, which opened on Tuesday at the Minetta Lane Theater in Greenwich Village. Far from cheapening a classic work with random relevance, they help define (or at any rate don’t get in the way of) a beautifully acted and affecting interpretation for a new age of disease and lockdown."
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Time Out New York
January 25th, 2022

"This somewhat literal approach, while clever and suggestive, is also limiting. Even with 40% of it excised, the text doesn’t quite fit the specifics of our current moment, and neither does it have its erstwhile grounding in 1912. The best parts of the production find ways to navigate this limbo, which is especially true of Marvel’s remarkable performance as Mary."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
January 25th, 2022

"Some of the second-half stumbling lies in design choices (a weird glowing skeleton projection throws things off the rails) and orchestration — O’Hara and sound designer Palmer Hefferan allow some of the actors, murmuring in contemporary cinematic style, to get too mumbly for too long. (It’s called Audible, dammit.) The root-and-branch editing also start to have an effect: O’Neill’s odd, bulky dramaturgy does have a logic, and as we move towards the ending, we start to feel all O’Hara’s cuts as a loss of mass; the original’s monumentality may have been what gave the play momentum."
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The Washington Post
January 26th, 2022

"This compressed revival of “Long Day’s Journey” is produced by Audible, a company with the admirable mission of recording its productions at off-Broadway’s Minetta Lane Theatre for millions of listeners. (Audible is owned by Amazon, whose founder, Jeff Bezos, owns The Washington Post.) But the genius of O’Neill’s masterwork, I’d argue, is in that endless torrent of words, the incessant rounds of barbs and complaints and accusations the Tyrones heap on one another. An optimal “Long Day’s Journey,” even with some leavening moments, leaves you tense and devastated. It’s fatiguing because the Tyrones are exhausting. This one falls into that least satisfying of categories: irrelevant."
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New York Theatre Guide
January 25th, 2022

"In the end, whether it’s a traditional revival of the play set in August 1912 that runs four hours or an experimental time-leaping vision with deep cuts to the repetitive script adding up to a 110-minute running time, special effects aren’t needed to make the drama click. As the Tyrones shatter illusions and trade regrets and accusations, a consistent tone and tight connection by the actors to their characters and each makes the story harrowing. The links forged in this Audible Theater production at times go slack."
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Theatermania
January 25th, 2022

"It turns out, a lot. Director Robert O'Hara has envisioned something very fresh and inspired in Audible's production at the Minetta Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village. It's no exaggeration to say that this production of Long Day's Journey Into Night is a stroke of genius, and it really must be seen to appreciate how startlingly well it works. This intermission-less, two-hour version (the play usually runs closer to four) is set in 2020 rather than the play's original 1912. The words are all O'Neill's, and the essential elements of the plot remain intact (a minor character, the maid Cathleen, has been cut). O'Hara and his creative team have transformed this highly personal play of familial strife into something quite new. From the Covid pandemic and its accompanying mental health issues, to the opioid crisis fueled by the Sackler family and Perdue Pharma, to racial health-care inequalities, the Tyrones become the embodiment of America's present dysfunction — its rancor, selfishness, and bickering all tearing the country to shreds. And no, it does not end happily."
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Lighting & Sound America
February 2nd, 2022

Rarely, if ever, have a director, cast, and creative team been so grimly determined about dragging a classic play, kicking and screaming, into the twenty-first century. It has its admirers but, to me, it proves once again that Eugene O'Neill is the most intractable of playwrights; reinterpret his works at your peril. O'Hara and company give it their all, but the strain is evident throughout; they're working at cross-purposes with the writer they claim to admire.
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New York Stage Review
January 25th, 2022

"You read it right. Director Robert O’Hara’s treatment of the autobiographical four-act work about O’Neill’s distressed family at Monte Cristo Cottage in New London, Connecticut (the cottage named after the role actor James O’Neill repeated played) has been trimmed to an intermissionless 110 minutes. It’s also been entirely relieved of significant maidservant Cathleen. Apparently, the impetus behind the truncating is to show a contemporary audience that the O’Neill tragedy could use a red pencil taken to O’Neill’s too-often-criticized overwriting. More than that, O’Hara looks to demonstrate that the wonderfully titled Long Day’s Journey Into Night remains a play for our time."
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