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Long Day's Journey Into Night (BAM)

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Intense, Intelligent

About the show

The Bristol Old Vic’s staging of Eugene O’Neill’s searing autobiographical family portrait comes to BAM starring celebrated and screen actor Jeremy Irons ('The Borgias') as whiskey-soaked patriarch James Tyrone. More…

The Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork spills out over a single day at the Tyrones’ Connecticut summer home, as a series of blistering revelations test the ties that have tenuously bound the couple and their sons, Jamie and Edmund, through the years. Charting their descent as day turns to night and the fog rolls in from the sea, this devastating production is a vibrating study of love, illness, and addiction— to drink, drugs, and the shadows of the past. 

Member Reviews (65)


Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Intense, Intelligent
Avg Score

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Intense

See it if you're an O'Neill fan, enjoy great acting, for a clear understanding of a classic play, feel the New England setting & the caustic wit

Don't see it if 3 hrs, 20 mins seems too long for you, O'Neill bores you, hopelessness upsets you, don't like a lot of repetition for character development

Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Great writing

See it if great acting the whole cast, funny at part and touching story of a family with problems.

Don't see it if At time very sad about drinking, drug addicts. 3 1/2 hours long.

Also BAM has new balcony seat that are higher with a stepping up step to ge... Read more Read less

Great acting, Familiar, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if you’ll see big deal actors in a good, not great show; living w/ addiction, lost religious faith, troubled family

Don't see it if you hope it defies expectations. Uniformly excellent cast makes it look effortless—I wish I saw them pull off a riskier, less familiar story

Also Wasn’t moved, but wasn’t bored either. The show thankfully avoids redu... Read more Read less

Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if Chance to see a well-acted version of this play, this time it seems as if each family member are equally matched.

Don't see it if Not an O'Neill fan. Nothing really happens but that's the play itself, not the production.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful

See it if One of the great plays of American theater performed by a company of exemplary British actors. Not to be missed.

Don't see it if You want happy, comedy, music , or dance. ..and can't concentrate for over 3 hours.

Great writing, Intense, Masterful, Must see, Riveting

See it if You've never seen this play. An absolute masterpiece of American theater very well-executed by this cast (especially Manville [& Irons])

Don't see it if Emotionally devastating family dramas aren't your jam.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if Class A actors including Irons and Manville. Great theater/venue. Interesting and ambitious, although potentially distracting, set design.

Don't see it if No reason not to, unless not an O'Neill fan. If Lange and Byrne production was enough.

Deft, Masterpiece

See it if you enjoy Eugene O'Neill's dark sense of writing and/or technically difficult, wordy acting.

Don't see it if you don't like 3+ hour domestic dramas.

Also yet ANOTHER London transfer (Yerma, Harry Potter, Angels in America, T... Read more Read less

Epic, Resonant, Intelligent, Intense, Ambitious

See it if you love O'Neill. It is worth seeing for the performances & bc it is an amazing work of american theater. There are extraordinary moments.

Don't see it if it's a very long, emotionally difficult family drama about addiction and other demons. Bits of humor seem forced; the overlapping line

Also readings are annoying and unnecessary. The set is beautiful but utterl... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You are interested in a rather conventional staging of the epic O'Neill play about his dysfunctional family. Jeremy Irons is very good.

Don't see it if You are looking for a new angle to the family drama. Bitterness and accusations abound and only rarely are there glimpses of responsibility

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Profound, Resonant

See it if you are a fan of O’Neill or any of the outstanding actors in the cast. The heartbreak of the family drama is well delivered.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of O’Neill, don’t like family dramas, or can’t sit through 3.5 hours of morbid dialogue between the family members.

Also I thought it was a classic well worth checking out with Jeremy Irons a... Read more Read less

Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Resonant, Profound

See it if Lesley Manville as Mary Tyrone, the addicted wife of whiskey-soused James (Jeremy Irons) is impeccable. The best of O'Neill.

Don't see it if You can't hear well; Irons keeps turning his back to the audience. Good blocking, bad projection. Play is long and depressing.

Great acting, Great writing, Dizzying, Intelligent, Edgy

See it if You want to be completely absorbed into a tragic family drama by a set of truly outstanding actors. Breathtaking

Don't see it if You saw some legendary production of LDJiN that can never be replicated. Or you can’t physically sit 3.5 hours. Although BAM seats are comfy

Also The first act is (deliberately) emotionally painful. We got drinks at ... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if With such talented cast, this production should be more engaging & better. Besides a fun house of accents, the cast feels oddly disjointed.

Don't see it if At times, Irons and Mansville come across as Lou Grant & Sue Ann Nivens after 35 years of marriage. The stand-out is the great Rory Keenan.

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

See it if This play is an extraordinary intense experience delivered by four great actors who are able to portray the complex, three dimensional

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Eugene O'nell

Also characters to perfection.

Masterful, Powerful, Devastating

See it if you appreciate O'neill's morbid take on love, life, family, dreams, despair and disillusionment, delivered on stage by an outstanding cast.

Don't see it if you need faster pacing, have a hard time understanding Jeremy Iron's mumbling of lines, or just not ready to take a hard punch to the gut.

Clever, Great acting, Edgy, Masterful, Must see

See it if you want to see a revival of a classic with tremendous acting.

Don't see it if you can not concentrate and have a low attention span.

Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Profound, Riveting

See it if you want to see one of the greatest American plays with a masterful cast.

Don't see it if you want something less absorbing and not too long (almost 3 hours)

Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound, Great staging

See it if Linear drama by a great playwright .Classic plays

Don't see it if Only interested in fluff

Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want to see an exceptionally well done production (and see how the opioid epidemic hasn't changed much!).

Don't see it if you are a set purist - it isn't period accurate and if you are incapable of sitting fro long periods of time...

Intense, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if you want to see Iron

Don't see it if you like shot plays

Great acting, Great staging, Resonant

See it if You’re interested in O’Neil’s book

Don't see it if You don’t like depressing story or long dialogues

Also The acting is very good, but these family members are a little detache... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want to see this classic play, performed amazingly by a strong troupe of actors & like plays, that don’t seem staged but really real.

Don't see it if You want to see something happy or if conversations on addiction or a child’s death are triggers for you.

Also As others have noted the staging of this play, as if you are looking t... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Riveting, Uneven acting, Great writing, Misdirected?

See it if You want to see a respectable production of one the landmarks of American drama.

Don't see it if You need to see the definitive production of this play. You want even performances all around.

Also While not a great production, I thought the review was far off the mar... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Intense, Slow

See it if you want to see one of the cornerstones of red-meat American theater.

Don't see it if O'Neill's flaws as a playwright deter you more than his strengths appeal to you.

Also This is the 1st time I've seen this play, so I have no basis of compar... Read more Read less

May 13th, 2018
"This 'Journey' is often downright sprightly. That doesn’t mean that after three-and-half hours in the company of the Tyrones you don’t still feel numb with fatigue...For a while, it’s a gripping, oddly enjoyable approach...In the play’s second half...the action slows down to allow each character...
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May 13th, 2018
"There are big-ticket plays that terrify their actors; famous stars who fluster their colleagues; massive sets that turn environments from living things into monuments. The Bristol Old Vic’s 'Long Day’s Journey Into Night' manages to have all three problems at once in the blustery, muddled produc...
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May 13th, 2018
"Featuring underwhelming starring performances by Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville...The show is startlingly lifeless, the majority of its potential tragic power sacrificed to mannered, unvaried performances that seldom make the dive into anything resembling emotional truth...It’s all breathtakin...
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May 13th, 2018
"The scathing autobiographical honesty and desolation of the playwright’s masterpiece...Manville, especially, brings that heartbroken quality to the fore in a wrenching performance...A mesmerizing symphony of rambling, barely disguised resentments and outbursts of flashing anger...Irons matches h...
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