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Part of the Eugene O'Neill FestivalAh, Wilderness!

MAR 9 – APR 8, 2012

By Eugene O'Neill
Directed by Kyle Donnelly

Illustration by Rob Carter

in the Fichandler

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Photographer: Scott Suchman

 

American Voices

Kyle Donnelly

Kyle Donnelly

It is a privilege to spend time in the world of Eugene O’Neill. While all of his work is infused with sorrow and regret, Ah, Wilderness! evokes that long-ago American past where the worst a boy could do was spout romantic poetry and talk of revolution. In this comedy of recollection, the dark impulses of the young Eugene are evident, yet the spirit of hope carries the fantasy family of the play through the trials of raising a teenage son at the turn of the century. Knowing what is to come, the long day’s journey into the night that becomes the reality for the O’Neill family gives this important American play its poignancy.