Friday, October 17, 2008

Play of the Week: A Moon for the Misbegotten

In honor of Eugene O'Neill's birthday yesterday, we are going to take a look at one of his plays. Moon for the Misbegotten is a sort-of sequel to A Long Day's Journey into Night; as we follow an older James (Jamie) Tyrone Jr.

This is a lovely play about those regrets that we accumulate through life. As we grow older and wearier, things accumulate that we wish we could have done. The play is lyrical in a way that most American plays are not. While Long Day's Journey is epic and cathartic, this one is sad and lonely. Just a beautiful play.

It has had performed on Broadway five times, though never to any great success during O'Neill's life time. The play is not often taught in drama classes, but is now considered a classic. Take a moment to read this gem of American theatre this week - you will be glad you did.

Happy Birthday: Arthur Miller (1915-2005), Georg Buchner (1813-1837), & Sir Cameron Mackintosh (b. 1946)
Happy Birthday (October 18): Wendy Wasserstein (1950-2006)
Happy Birthday (October 19): John Lithgow (b. 1945)

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