Part of the Eugene O'Neill FestivalAh, Wilderness!
By Eugene O'Neill
Directed by Kyle Donnelly
Illustration by Rob Carter
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.