It's Thursday and time for our weekly visit with theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck, who joins us today with her review of the new production of Eugene O'Neill's dark classic, Long Day's Journey Into Night, now on stage at Baltimore's Everyman Theatre.
Director Donald Hicken helms a seasoned cast of resident company* and guest actors in O'Neill's iconic, semi-autobiographical play that recounts a summer day and night in 1912 in the Connecticut home of the Tyrone family. A stream of interactions quickly reveals the family members' deep emotional wounds and long-simmering conflicts. James Tyrone (played by Kurt Rhoads, in his Everyman debut), his morphine-addicted wife Mary (Deborah Hazlett*), and their two sons, Jamie (Tim Getman*) and Edmund (Danny Gavigan*), struggle to connect with each other through their tangled webs of drug addiction, alcoholism, anger and love. The production also features actress Katherine Ariyan as Cathleen, the Tyrone's housekeeper.
Long Day's Journey Into Night continues at Baltimore's Everyman Theatre til Sunday, March 4. For ticket information click here.
Judy also spotlights two distinctive productions making brief runs in the region. The first is a landmark collaboration between two seemingly unlikely bedfellows — the Baltimore Rock Opera Society and Arena Players. “Constellations” and “Crossroads” are two original short operas about African-Americans, including “Hidden Figures’” Katherine Johnson, running February 9-11 and 16-18 at Arena Players. Here's a Youtube video about the production from BROS.
The other notable production is a rewritten version of the Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Tim Rice musical, “Chess,” the first installment of a new series of high-profile staged concerts at the Kennedy Center. Chess runs February 14- 18.