April 3, 2016 at 10:01 am #661778
Previews start today!
I am beyond excited to read reviews tonight. Please share.
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The reviews on Twitter are trickling in, calling Lange and the production “haunting”, “luminous” and “shattering”.
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Variety reports that the opening night preview was filled to 95% capacity, grossing $66,000+.
Off to a great start. Congratulations to the cast and production team!April 4, 2016 at 3:15 pm #662008
A review by Simon Parris:
Long Day’s Journey into Night review [Broadway 2016]
BY SIMON PARRIS ON APRIL 5, 2016 • ( 2 COMMENTS )
Roundabout Theatre Company marks their 50thyear with a superbly realised new revival of Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize-winning playLong Day’s Journey Into Night, a true classic of the American theatre.
A completely traditional production (as one would fully expect), the handsome staging, stellar casting and exquisite direction combine for an unforgettable experience. This is the only other play I have seen on Broadway to equal the quality of 2012’s Death of a Salesman (starring Phillip Seymour Hoffmann, Linda Emond and Andrew Garfield).
It should be mentioned that the session attended was the first preview, and yet the cast worked together as if they had been playing for months. If the actors show further improvement during the run, the level of excellence to be achieved is quite unimaginable.
Director Jonathan Kent, responsible for last year’s West End smash hit revival of Gypsy, shows similar insight and intelligence in mining O’Neill’s well-known text for layers of subtext and nuanced meaning. Working in the much the same way as a conductor of classical music, Kent charts the rhythm, dynamics and energy of the Tyrone family’s bête noir of a long day.
Although today’s audience have been trained into short attention spans by YouTube and commercial breaks, the 225 minutes of Long Day’s Journey Into Night (including 15 minute interval) can be enjoyed, admired and absorbed with ease in the intimacy and comfort of the American Airlines Theatre.
Designed in the washed out blues and greys of an aging coastal setting, scene changes are covered by the swipe of a filmy curtain hurtling along its track. Tom Pye’s set design houses the living room and rear dining room of the Tyrone seaside home under an ominously sloping ceiling. On stage right, an ornate dark wooden staircase, with decorative leadlight window, ascends to a murky darkness overhead. As night takes hold, a thick fog obscures the view of the surrounding landscape.
The four lead actors are perfectly cast as a family, not only sharing the right look but also conveying the intimacy and shorthand of family members.
Michael Shannon looks very much the tall, stronger, older brother. James Tyrone Jr has damaged his looks, and prospects, through drink, an ongoing situation that Shannon handles expertly. His drunken state is entirely convincing, right down to the character’s pathetic act of passing out on the living room floor. Shannon conveys James’ stifled affection for his afflicted younger brother, expressions of which were not freely expressed in the repressed era of 1912.
John Gallagher, Jr appears so thin and pale as to actually be ill with consumption (tuberculosis). Capturing the vulnerability and sweetness of younger brother Edmund Tyrone, Gallagher becomes as dear to the audience as he is to his family. Arguably the most heartbreaking moment comes when Edmund returns home from the doctor’s with his condition confirmed. He rushes in, just wanting to tell his mother the news, but she is lost in the fog of morphine, physically there but spiritually unavailable to him. Gallagher’s portrayal of Edmund’s confused heartbreak here is devastating.
Gabriel Byrne expertly shows the balance that James Tyrone achieves between the crushing weight of the disintegration of his family and the fleeting moments of denial the character is able to achieve. James is so miserly that he turns away when taking out a note so that his sons cannot see how much money he is carrying. With a beautifully underplayed acting style, Byrne paints James as a helplessly self-centred man who longs for stability and warmth in his family but has no idea how to achieve them.
The jewel in the crown of this esteemed cast is Jessica Lange as ethereal beauty Mary Tyrone. Given Lange’s recent television success, the unenlightened could potentially view Lange’s appearance here as stunt casting, but nothing could be further from reality. Willowy tall and strong four decades into her career, Lange owns the stage and completely inhabits the role, which she also played in London’s West End in 2000.
Mary’s white hair piled high on her head, Lange practically shimmers with radiant light. In a superb achievement, Lange makes the cycles of the day abundantly clear, subtly but clearly showing when Mary craves her drug and when she has taken it. We see glimpses of the woman her husband and sons have loved and we share their helpless frustration. Consumed by the haze, Mary’s final whispered prayer to the Virgin Mary is Lange at her finest.
Colby Minifie lends solid support as Cathleen the hard-pressed yet cheery Irish maid.
Set aside a serious amount of time to watch, and later contemplate, Long Day’s Journey Into Night.
Long Day’s Journey Into Night was reviewed 2pm Sunday 3 April 2016 at American Airlines Theatre, New York where it officially opens 27 April 2016 and plays until 26 June 2016.
http://simonparrismaninchair.com/2016/04/05/long-days-journey-into-night-review-broadway-2016/April 4, 2016 at 6:58 pm #662067
I love this play so much!! And if Lange is half as good as this review claims, I can’t see her losing at the Tonys.April 5, 2016 at 9:47 pm #662280
Please post more reviews of this production! I am so excited I can’t stand it!April 9, 2016 at 9:46 pm #662937
My third play was Long Day’s Journey into Nightwhich had Jessica Lange play a stellar part. I have often seen Lange on stage. Each time, she effortlessly executes a major shift of technique — in which she both peruses and then pursues the role. This time was no different. If any of you are visiting New York soon, then do catch up on these plays.April 9, 2016 at 9:58 pm #662938
10 Most Famous Faces on Broadway 2016
Jessica Lange in Long Day’s Journey Into Night
From her first big film role in the 1976 King Kongremake to her star roles in HBO’s Grey Gardens and FX’s American Horror Story: Freak Show, this two-time Academy Award winner has been a name to contend with. We won’t even get into all the starring film roles she’s had — in Frances, Tootsie, Crimes of the Heart, The Postman Always Rings Twice and on and on. Suffice it to say that she’s kept busy enough that it wasn’t until 1992 that she made her debut on the Great White Way, starring as Blanche DuBois in a revival of A Streetcar Named Desire that featured Alec Baldwin as her rough-around-the-edges brother-in-law Stanley. This season, the accomplished actress tackles the equally dramatic role of Mary Tyrone, the morphine-addicted matriarch whose condition is poisoning the heart of her family in the drama that’s generally considered to be Eugene O’Neill’s masterpiece. From $83pp, get ticketsApril 12, 2016 at 11:40 am #1201673849
Audience reactions are fantastic so far, with most singling out Lange and Shannon. Also, a handful want her to win the Tony for this.April 12, 2016 at 11:44 am #1201673850
Also, Variety reports that the show “ramped up” in it’s second week. So excited for them!April 14, 2016 at 7:53 am #1201674207
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Gorgeous.April 15, 2016 at 5:06 am #1201674358
Lange on Mary Tyrone w/ The New Yorker:April 16, 2016 at 8:38 am #1201746601
From the lovely members at BroadwayWorld.com forums:
Just came out of the first preview. It’s in incredible shape. Jessica
Lange’s performance is extraordinary. It’s clocking close to 4 hours
with intermission- but time flew by. All of the actors are wonderful – and are clearly working as an
ensemble. Byrne and Shannon are splendid. But the evening belongs to
Ms. Lange. Her performance is galvanizing.
Caught this last night and think its a fine production of this classic
play. All four performers were strong and ideally cast, with Michael
Shannon and Jessica Lange being the standouts for me. Michael Shannon
continues to impress with a stage presence that is singularly powerful
in its intensity, and I thought Lange was absolutely mesmerizing as Mary
Tyrone. This is by far her best stage performance, in my opinion. I
suspect she is going to be a strong contender for the Best Actress Tony –
and given her outstanding body of work, could see this possibly being
her year to win.
Jessica Lange’s career as an actress is rather unorthodox. She was a
model – not taken seriously – who, essentially through hard work and
dedication to her craft has ‘turned herself’ into one of our greatest
actresses. That she was never a Meryl Streep who burst on the scene as a
Sarah Bernhardt like ‘insta-talent’ makes the journey all the more
Lange’s stage career has followed that same
progress. And how interesting too, that she returned on multiple
occasions to roles like Blanche and now Mary Tyrone – by all accounts
giving markedly different portrayals each time. Lange may not have
started her life on stage as an ‘intuitive theatre actress,’ but I think
she has become that. This performance to me feels the culmination of
everything she has done in her career. It’s a great performance and I
hope she wins the Tony for it.
Mary’s untethered mood swings from tormented to tormentor are all there
in O’Neill’s text, and Lange’s performance is the first I’ve seen to
mine them so deeply and believably. And, as you say so well,
the fragile femininity and beauty Lange already possesses fit perfectly
with Mary’s time — it’s not difficult at all to see the gossamer girl
that would have captured a James Tyrone, or the woman of standing
Mary would have once expected herself to become. In the 1962 film, Katharine Hepburn comes
closest to capturing much of what Lange achieves — the match of actress
and role is nearly as perfect.
Saw it this afternoon, and fully agree with the praise and thoughtful
discussion heaped on Lange. She is the centerpiece of the production and
its interpretation. The play is of course about Mary’s descent, yet
I’ve never seen a production as Mary-centric as this one (and I’ve seen
formidable Marys, including Dewhurst and Caldwell.) Lange owns the
first three acts as fully as anyone has. It’s Lange who is the event. [A] heartbreaking portrait of Mary Tyrone that will haunt. Lange’s vocal work, much discussed during “Streetcar,” is exemplary. As
little as I saw of her face until quite late, I heard every word. And
her range, as noted by many in this thread, is quite beautiful. Yes,
those low notes are scary and haunting. Injected glimmers of sober
self-knowledge amid her flights of drug-fueled reverie.
Jessica Lange can do no wrong. This was my first production of Long Day’s and it was devastating.
Lange’s vocal work [here] is sublime. If this were the audio book
reading of the play I’d say let’s engrave the spoken word Grammy
– WhizzerMarvin (audience member who, due to seating, faced Lange’s back for most of the production)
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