The Metropolitan Playhouse presents two early, rarely performed plays by Eugene O'Neill: 'Recklessness' and 'Now I Ask You.' More…
'Recklessness' tells the story of a husband who learns his wife is having an affair with the chauffeur, and sets out to exact his revenge. The light comedy 'Now I Ask You' addresses the intellectual elite's views on marriage and freedom at the dawn of the 20th century.
"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." Full Review
“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.” Full Review
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