His topics include Bound East for Cardiff: an immobile crossing, madness in Where the Cross is Made and Gold, opaque or transparent representations of desire in Desire Under the Elms, a Kierkegaardian comedy: the painless contradictions of a festive meal in Ah, Wilderness
!, and Long Day's Journey into Night: words for the birth of a ghostly Irish playwright.
80 YEARS AGO (1933) Ah, Wilderness
! by Eugene O'Neill premieres on Broadway at the Guild Theatre.
In the meantime, though, "Interlude" is part of a Eugene O'Neill festival co-sponsored by D.C.'s Arena Stage, which includes Arena-mounted revivals of "Ah, Wilderness
" and "Long Day's Journey Into Night." The fest, which runs through May 5, also includes readings of selected O'Neill plays, lectures and panels.
When the movie "Ah, Wilderness
" was partly filmed on Grafton Common, the gazebo was built as part of the set.
In September 1941, Eugene O'Neill's Ah, Wilderness
featured the professional debut of a young student from RADA named Richard Attenborough, who received glowing notices.
!" by Eugene O'Neill, May 13--October 8
Strictly speaking, of course, neither The Reivers nor "Ah, Wilderness
!" is a "Valedictory." As Judith Wittenberg points out,(1) Faulkner didn't know that the book he himself called "one of the funniest books I ever read" would be his last,(2) nor did O'Neill intend that this play, which surprised him by coming "so easily that I'm scared of it," a play for which he told his son, "I have an immense affection,"(3) would be a final word--and indeed, it was not.
The last poster to make it into the volume is the one done for Eugene O'Neill's Ah, Wilderness
!, staged earlier this year.
His "mixed impressions" of what he calls "comic agony" is a collection of thirteen essays on plays as diverse and seemingly unrelated as O'Neill's rather tame Ah, Wilderness
to a curious and obscure play The Breast of Tiresias by Guillaume Apollinaire, "the most famous unknown play of the century" (143).
! Comedy in four acts by EUGENE O'NEILL, published and first performed in 1933.
The most notable exception was Eugene O'Neill's Ah, Wilderness
! Opera houses and symphonic societies curtailed their seasons.
In part a labor of love for Kahn, the show also served as one of the main events in this spring's Eugene O'Neill Festival, paired with Arena Stage's Ah, Wilderness
! and Long Day's Journey into Night.