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Mourning Becomes Electra

From 9 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Profound, Masterful, Absorbing, Epic

About the show

Target Margin Theater presents a new staging of Eugene O’Neill’s trilogy. Equal parts Greek tragedy, family drama, and history play, O'Neill's work mashes myth, Freudian psychology, and melodrama into a six-hour epic. More…

Love, race, money, and war: Eugene O’Neill sought to capture the essence of our country in 'Mourning Becomes Electra.' Each of the three plays that comprise 'Mourning' will be staged in a different part of the Abrons Playhouse, with the audience served a vegan pu-pu platter to nosh on as they move between spaces.

Member Reviews (9)


Ambitious, Profound, Masterful, Absorbing, Epic
Avg Score

Epic, Absorbing, Profound, Haunting, Dark

See it if Crimes, curses, guilt, longing, jealousy and hatred pass through the generations destroying a family. Riveting staging of the finale.

Don't see it if The first segment of the trilogy (2 hours out of 6) is a bit slow and distant. The intensity picks up from there.

Also By the end, the audience was blown away.

Ambitious, Edgy, Indulgent, Great writing, Experimental

See it if you want deep takes on Eugene O'Neill. The move from the balcony to the stage parallels the intensifying experience of the central character

Don't see it if you aren't able to stay focused for five hours or expecting a traditional production.

Intellectual, Risky, Slow, Ambitious, Profound

See it if you have a tolerance for lengthy drama and a taste for the primordial. Or you want the chance to see a rare O'Neill epic (in the true sense)

Don't see it if you don't have a tolerance for avantgarde experimentalism, bizarre acting, or shifting perspectives on great-if-dated text.

Also I thought I would either love or hate this show, and it ended up being... Read more Read less

Academic, Clear

See it if You are a serious theater person, a minor in O'Neill, ready to spend 5 quick hours fixated on this severe & mannered postmodern presentation

Don't see it if You aren't willing to eat your spinach, though it is good for you. While this keeps your attention & gathers power, it gives faint pleasure.

Ambitious, Intelligent, Demanding, Spectacular acting, Inconsistent

See it if you want to see rarely staged O'Neill, avant garde staging, and impressive design & performances. When upclose & personal, it's riveting

Don't see it if you're short on time & long on tradition. When distancing, seeming to mock O'Neill's condescension & affection for melodrama, it's wearying.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Event filled

See it if U like O’Neill, stylized & creative acting & direction, VERY different theater experience, long plays well worth your time/ PLUS U R FED!

Don't see it if DONT LIKE LONG PLAYS/ are NOT willing to go with the flow. YES you are part of the show.. and travel with it.

Ambitious, Clever, Dated

See it if ..want to see a rarely performed Eugene O' Neill epic. Well staged by the Target Margin Theater.

Don't see it if A 6-hour marathon from a plywright that may not be aging well.

Great acting, Masterful, Profound

See it if you want to see this rarely performed O'Neill play by a superb experimental theater company. Terrific acting and staging but pace yourself

Don't see it if you hate long long plays and don't care for experimental theater.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Epic

See it if You want to experience a show that will stay with you with extraordinary performances and a great story.

Don't see it if You have a hard time with very long shows. It is a marathon.

May 3rd, 2017
“I didn’t check my watch once in the five hours of David Herskovits’s bold, astringent revival…A lucid and astonishingly intimate production, which makes a strong case for the enduring fascination of the Mannons of New England…This remarkably fluid production is faithful to O’Neill’s text while ...
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May 4th, 2017
"Arch, seriously clever and very, very long...It’s a series of design and staging coups; for this alone, people (with long attention spans) should see it...Herskovits carefully amplifies that insistence by forcing us into increasing proximity with it. It’s a smart way to build the event—and altho...
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May 10th, 2017
“Innovative staging and strong performances bolster this experimental production, but several awkward directorial choices muddle the execution and make this pared-down version of the work a wobbly, lugubrious affair…Some of these experiments can be exciting...Other stagey theatrics pepper some se...
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May 9th, 2017
"If you're tickled by experimental theatre more than narrative, you're in for a treat. But If you're looking for a more naturalistic staging of the play, there are a few things to be aware of: While faithful to the text, this is nevertheless an odd production, and it is stylized in some perplexin...
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