Let's Talk Off Broadway

Yvonne Korshak reviews Off-Broadway, Broadway, Film and Art

Tag: dysfunctional family

Review | (A Very) Long Day’s Journey Into Night | by Eugene O’Neill | Roundabout Theatre Company

… very long day’s journey …

Long Day’s Journey Into Night has a particular importance and glamour as an autobiographical work by one of America’s greatest playwrights, with the Tyrone family in the play being drawn from Eugene O’Neill’s memories of his own family.  While often called a masterpiece, Long Day’s Journey is a wordy and repetitive play.  For the psychological infighting, love-hate interactions and deceptions to remain compelling for the play’s 3 ¾ hours running time, it needs great actors with psychological depth.  Jessica Lange is effective as the mother but the three male actors are disappointing.

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Review | My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer by Brian Watkins | Directed by Danya Taymor | With Katherine Folk-Sullivan and Layla Khoshnoudi | Flea Theater

… not your Little House On The Prairie …

L-R Katherine Folk-Sullivan and Layla Khoshnoudi.  Photo by Hunter Canning

L-R Katherine Folk-Sullivan and Layla Khoshnoudi.  Photo by Hunter Canning

Two sisters, Sarah (Folk-Sullivan), a morbidly passive introvert, and Hannah (Khoshnoudi), more outgoing and looking for a leap to freedom, are played by two fine actresses who subtly and vividly capture their psychological contrasts through complementary monologs and some physical action.   I’d like to see them in a more satisfying play.

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