Director: Whit Wales Producer: Frank Bartucca Set Design: Whit Wales and David Anderson Sound Design: Robin Gabrielli Lighting Design: Whit Wales Photography: Mary Dennis Stage Manager: Tasha Matthews Sound and Light Operator: Cate Agis
Cast: James Tyrone…..Frank Bartucca Mary Cavan Tyrone…..Lorna Nogueira James Tyrone, Jr…..David Anderson Edmund Tyrone…..Eric McGowan Cathleen…..Rachel Morandi
Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama, has long been considered a great classic of the American Stage and O’Neill’s masterwork. Only a handful of plays as accurately portray a family so tightly bound and yet so painfully torn apart by their love for one another.
One day in the life of the tortured Tyrone family unleashes a cascade of emotions as they learn that one son has consumption and has to go to a sanatorium. All four family members, each plagued by addiction and each desperately striving to hold onto love and hope, clash in a world of contrasts, of sudden outbursts and smoldering frustration, in this deeply autobiographical document. Theirs is a world of Shakespearean grandeur and tragedy offset by an absurdity of trivialities. In this one day they both confront and avoid the physical and emotional realities of their lives in an escalating struggle which leaves each family member weary and numb. In Harold Bloom’s brilliant introduction to the play he states: “The helplessness of family love to sustain, let alone heal, the wounds of marriage, of parenthood, and of sonship, have never been so remorselessly . . . portrayed, and with a force of gesture too painful ever to be forgotten by any of us.”a
4th Wall offers up a masterful production of ‘Journey’ THEATER REVIEW By Paul Kolas TELEGRAM & GAZETTE REVIEWER
‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’
“WHITINSVILLE — 4th Wall Stage Company resoundingly confirmed on Mother’s Day why Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” is rightly regarded as one of the greatest works of the American theater. It’s a magnificent portrait of a family wounding and healing itself in equal measure, and in the hands of Whit Wales’ breathtakingly stringent direction, you will be riveted, stunned and devastated by how deeply his cast burrows into the terrifying dark and ephemeral light of this autobiographical masterwork. Lorna Nogueira’s splendidly diaphanous rendering of Mary Cavan Tyrone made this particular Mother’s Day painfully ironic . . .
One of the most unforgettable moments, of the many in this production, is watching Anderson implode in the last act of this four-act play, which Wales has wisely chosen not to cut. Jamie has come back from a bout of drinking and whoring, making Edmund laugh hysterically at his recounting of his activities, but then things turn ugly when Jamie shoves Edmund and tells him, “the best part of me wants you to fail.” Anderson shakes you with an staggering demonstration of pure, raw emotion, teetering back and forth between raging jealously, self-hate, and blubbering brotherly love . . .
This is an actor’s paradise, ripe for the plundering . . .
McGowen is wonderful as Edmund, drawing great empathy as the family’s designated peace-keeper, as much as this broken family is capable of having one. He and Anderson play the sibling rivalry card with an exquisitely rendered clash of affection and resentment . . .
Nogueira’s Mary is a tremulous flame of hope and memory struggling to keep from going out, carrying the damaging weight of her three men on her shoulders . . . It’s a performance of shattering intimacy, one that will follow you out of the theater and haunt you the next day. O’Neill said “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” was “written in tears and blood.” This stellar production makes one believe that.”