O'Neill (Unexpected)
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O'Neill (Unexpected)
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O'Neill (Unexpected) NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(23 Reviews)
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Mixed
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Great acting, Entertaining, Great writing, Absorbing, Intelligent

About the Show

The Metropolitan Playhouse presents two early, rarely performed plays by Eugene O'Neill: 'Recklessness' and 'Now I Ask You.'

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928 Reviews | 379 Followers
80
Entertaining, Absorbing, Intelligent, Masterful, Great writing

See it if You're an O'Neill fan. Well done on a tiny budget. So worth it.

Don't see it if You can't appreciate a lesser known work done in a small no frills way.

563 Reviews | 195 Followers
85
Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Clever

See it if You want to see 2 early works from O'Neill. You want to see work that's been rarely performed in New York.

Don't see it if You dislike O'Neill. You prefer more contemporary theatre.

430 Reviews | 127 Followers
79
Absorbing, Dated, Great acting, Resonant, Romantic

See it if you enjoy vintage plays performed by excellent actors.

Don't see it if you want something new and modern.

431 Reviews | 93 Followers
70
Great acting, Indulgent, Intelligent, Quirky, Slow

See it if You enjoy O'Neill and want to see some of his early work. The first play is short, sweet, and tragic. Play #2 is quirky and well acted.

Don't see it if You are easily bored. Play #2 drags long, and while funny at times, it gets exhausting fast. However the actors are a tour-de-force in it.

275 Reviews | 62 Followers
84
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you'd enjoy seeing two rarely performed early O'Neill plays;which are of historical interest. They aren't O'Neill's best plays, but good.

Don't see it if ..you mind an uneven cast. Some actors were genuinely outstanding, but a couple....were not. On balance, though, well acted,

Al
127 Reviews | 886 Followers
60
Dated, Slow, So-so acting

See it if you are a fan of O'Neill and you want to "collect" these two.

Don't see it if you prefer modern, edgier shows or if you have no tolerance for so-so acting.

207 Reviews | 54 Followers
70
Funny, Great acting

See it if you enjoy dark comedies and/or rarely done O'Neill plays

Don't see it if you have ever thought to yourself, "I'm not sure I have the attention span for this play" (the second play drags a bit).

173 Reviews | 39 Followers
92
Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You want to see (seriously) unexpected ONeill. Theyre terrifically well done & any ONeill fan should catch these 2 plays. Dark & then funny!

Don't see it if This American master doesn't interest you or you only want to see the ONeill you're familiar with. Two of his earliest plays rarely done.

Critic Reviews (6)

The New York Times
June 10th, 2016

"While one piece, a comedy, drums up a few laughs, it’s the tragedy that packs the real power here...The plot of 'Reckless' is melodramatic, the ending blunt. But the intensity of the young writer is palpable...'Now I Ask You'...the tone is harmless, but there’s no getting around the fact that this 90-minute play wears out its welcome before the halfway mark...Though the piece is overwritten, you wouldn’t know it from the dedicated cast...Most everything else here is impressive, too."
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TheaterScene.net
June 15th, 2016

“‘O’Neill (Unexpected)’ lives up to its name and Metropolitan Playhouse’s mission to explore the American theatrical heritage by ‘discovering where we come from to better know who we are.’ While not in any way lost masterpieces, ‘Recklessness’ and ‘Now I Ask You’ are not only stage-worthy but prove to be vastly entertaining short plays. The non-traditional casting adds another level to the evening’s piquancy.”
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Stage Buddy
June 27th, 2016

“To analyze these plays - even in the moment as they’re being performed - is a bit of an exercise in hopeful hindsight bias. It is impossible to not search for the early dramatic strengths of a playwright who would develop into arguably the greatest in American history. Many of the constructs of ‘Recklessness’ and ‘Now I Ask You’ come off as hackneyed or unnatural, but one thing is clear: O’Neill always had an ear for dynamic actor’s dialogue.”
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The Huffington Post
June 9th, 2016

"These two one-acts, directed by company artistic director Alex Roe with sly bemusement, were written some time before the playwright won the first Pulitzer Prize...The longer entry dates from 1916 and is unexpected not only because so much of the early, feeling-his-way O’Neill is rarely revived but because it’s—guess what!—a comedy...The clever curtain raiser is the 1913 'Recklessness,' a melodrama."
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W
June 10th, 2016

"Two early plays by Eugene O’Neill–one really works, one not so much...It’s something of a revelation to watch the second and better of these two plays, ‘Now I Ask You,’ which sounds for all the world like it might have been written by George Bernard Shaw…The well acted and directed play is full of innuendo and wit…The act/react ratio couldn’t be better. Physical acting is as specific as costuming...The evening’s first play, 'Recklessness' teeters at the brink of melodrama."
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Eyes on World Cultures
June 9th, 2016

"They are stories of marriage and its myriad complications but of course, through the pen of O’Neill, they escape any tawdry melodrama...As Lucy, Emily Bennett is convincingly flighty and wide-eyed...Brava to Kim Yancy-Moore as Mary Ashleigh. She achieves that most-desired quality in acting of naturalness...She fully embodies Mary’s quiet and wily independence...Two great plays, excellent direction and acting."
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