Saturday, January 05, 2008

Kickoff of O'Neill Festival: LDJ as Play of Redemption rather than Ruin

Last night was the first of the 10th annual O'Neill Festival at the Provincetown Playhouse. We watched a screening of "Long Day's Journey into Night" -- the Richardson/Hepburn version -- and listened to a lively discussion about the generosity of James Tyrone toward his sons and the nun/coquette role of Mary Tyrone.
Susan Chalfant and Steven Kennedy Murphy
Photo credit: Patricia Jameson-Sammartano
Saying, "It's impossible that it(LDJ)could have been written by anyone but an Irishman," actress Susan Chalfant went on to describe the beautiful lyricism of the play set against, "the wicked malice which is the spine of the Irish character." She mentioned O'Neill's use of selective memory and the characters' proclivities towards cruel remarks at one another, which they realized only the moment the words left their mouths.

Patricia Jameson-Sammartano
Culture Editor, WGT

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