"Working Barn Productions’ earnest re-imagination of Anna Christie brings the Eugene O’Neill classic up to date…Therese Plaehn brings out the strength and vulnerability of O’Neill’s multifaceted heroine…Plaehn and Chase’s easy chemistry makes the love at first sight believable. Chase’s presence is electrifying as Mat Burke…Working Barn's production makes an excellent case for this piece's continued relevance." Full Review
"In addition to embodying the vernacular poetry of O’Neill’s language, the actors capture the human, often comically contradictory traits of characters’ personalities. D’Ambrose’s Chris is both worldly and naïve, Plaehn’s vibrant Anna shows the scars of a hardscrabble life along with the angelic purity that causes Mat to mistake her for a mermaid. The show’s impressive production values also help to deepen the mood and advance the story." Full Review
"A thoughtful, atmospheric revival...Anna’s decision to tell both men the truth about her past is the tortured heart of the play. O’Neill doesn’t victimize her; she accepts the consequences of her actions...Director Richards and the actors keep the outbursts to a minimum. In doing so, Anna is neither a suffragette nor flapper of her era, but an independent woman...Therese Plaehn’s Anna succeeds at being both plain-spoken and vulnerable." Full Review
"Plaehn has a strong stage presence...Aiello and Johnson convince and amuse in their supporting roles while D’Ambrose plays beautifully...Chase’s Irish accent often wanders too big an ocean and it appears to distract him from being altogether present...Towards the end of the play, there is too much demonstrative melodrama as the two men react to Anna’s confession, which raised titters from the audience. This aside, Richards' handling of 'Anna Christie' anchors a steady balance." Full Review
"While some of the text does feel dated in these actors’ mouths, the themes that were so cutting edge in 1921 are still surprisingly, or perhaps depressingly, relevant...Combined with a slight directorial confusion around Anna’s objectives in her relationship with each man, this production has a slightly muddled point of view. Chinks aside, this production is effective, and manages to find the truths in its world." Full Review
"The results are mixed...The production remains mostly faithful to O’Neill’s original script, save Plaehn’s interpretation of Anna...In quieter instants, her interpretation clashes with the character’s actions. Plaehn’s Anna might possess a more updated psychology, but her motives no longer make much sense...If only fate had led to a production that better connects the outmoded morals of the past to the ideals of today." Full Review
See it if you enjoy seeing a really well-done revival of a drama.by O'Neill. All the elements worked well together and I truly enjoyed it.
Don't see it if Can't think of a reason not to see it.
See it if You want to see masterful actors in a classic O'Neill play. Performances were powerful; staging was good.
Don't see it if Irish accents are a problem for you. Did miss a bit of dialogue but it wasn't enough to detract from wonderful night at theater.
See it if Never can go wrong with O'Neil. Very simple stage, very good directing and acting. Main character is outstanding as is the cast.
Don't see it if Gets slow at times, must like O'Neil and his style of writing. If you don't like deep, oft depressing stories.
See it if you want to see O'Neill's feminist side, presented by a truly remarkable cast. Also, if you enjoy seeing strong female characters on stage.
Don't see it if You don't relate to the idea that a 1922 play can still be relevant and fresh.
See it if You enjoy seeing characters interact. The three leads are great, and played off each other well.
Don't see it if Parts dragged. You don't like plays without much action. It picks up significantly in the second act.
See it if you are an O'Neill fan and prefer intimate stagings of his work. The set is simple but effective.
Don't see it if you expect cohesiveness in an ensemble. Anna's characterization felt much too contemporary in what is supposed to be a period setting.
See it if You're O'Neill & classics fan. You're waiting for great drama with first rate acting, directing, & staging. Know gems don't have to be Bway!
Don't see it if You don't care for classics or intense drama. You want light frivolous themes. You expect big stage sets & gimmicky lighting & sound.
See it if You want real insight into early O'Neill on his way to becoming the foremost American playwright of deep human tragedy.
Don't see it if You can't handle an unblinking look at the ugly underbelly of the struggles of immigrants to America back in the very early 20th century.
See it if you like stories about flawed people trying to love each other You like classic American theatre you like engaging acting
Don't see it if You like larger than life stories you don't like swedes, irishmen and the sea.
See it if Shows in a very intimate setting where you are literally on top of the stage. That are very well written and are intense.
Don't see it if You are into shows with big budgets that have a lot of props and set changes. Or if your into lighthearted or family oriented shows.
See it if You want a non-stuffy, well-paced production of a classic with great acting & directing. You enjoy character driven stories.
Don't see it if You prefer contemporary plays. You're not a fan of O'Neill.
See it if well done, well made plays appeal to you. The theme revolves around dramatic points that should be dated but disturbingly remain relevant.
Don't see it if your taste favors experimental, interactive or environmental theater. This show is a very traditional drama. Also theater is far from subway
See it if You appreciate small, intimate theater settings where you are up close with the stage. If you like revivals and period plays.
Don't see it if If you prefer big theatrical productions or musicals or if stories about abandonment, family and interpersonal issues may trouble you.
See it if You like the classics up close and personal, can overlook the anachronisms of the play and enjoy good acting and staging in a lovely theater
Don't see it if You are going to laugh hysterically at the dated aspects of the play (as some did when I saw it). Written in 1921, but still relevant.
See it if U want to see the writing that makes O'Neill a master. Well produced & capable production but performances were uneven. Matt & Marthy terrif
Don't see it if Anna, however (v superficial actress), began play vulnerable-making no transition from woman of the street to woman utterly changed by sea.
Also There are a number of cuts to this production.
See it if you like Eugene O'Neill, family dramas, or plays relating to the sea. This is also a shorter piece, clocking it at a merciful 2 hours or so.
Don't see it if you want something light & fluffy, you don't like Eugene O'Neill. Not good for young kids.
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