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A Long Day's Journey Into Night Recommended Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 9 2012

With a running time of three hours and 45 minutes, Eugene O'Neill's autobiographical drama about a desperately unhappy Irish-American family is an ordeal—and a pleasure. O'Neill's exceptionally well-drawn characters are fascinating. And though the play is packed with talk, you'd be hard pressed to find a line you could cut without spoiling the whole. Nathaniel Swift's revival—the culminating production in Eclipse Theatre's season of O'Neill—starts off slow and stiff. But the performances improve as the drama heats up, until, by the end of hour two, they catch fire. Susan Monts-Bologna, in particular, turns in a powerful, finely nuanced performance as Mary Tyrone, the morphine-addicted matriarch whose heartbreaking decline drags down the rest of the clan. —Jack Helbig

Price: $20-$28


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