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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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)
See it if You love O’Neill and want to see his work on stage regardless of disappointing direction.
Don't see it if You prefer well-directed powerhouse performances of a classic
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.
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.
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