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Long Day's Journey Into Night

The Gift Theatre
4802 N. Milwaukee Ave Chicago

Winner of the 1957 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this play “of old sorrow, written in blood and tears” centers on the turbulent Tyrone family’s slow, heartbreaking disintegrration over one summer day. Considered one of the greatest plays of the 20th century, it was also considered so autobiographical that production was banned until twenty-five years after O’Neill’s death.

Thru - Oct 15, 2006

Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 7:30pm
Saturdays: 7:30pm
Sundays: 3:00pm



Price: $15

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-283-7071

Running Time: 3hrs 45mins; one intermission

www.thegifttheatre.org



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  Long Day's Journey Into Night Reviews

Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...Great plays shouldn't be avoided -- their brilliance helps all productions along. And in this case, you're seeing a sincere rendition that manages to illuminate at least some of the script's myriad observations of the condition of the American family under stress."
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Chris Jones


Chicago Sun Times - Recommended

"...Michael Patrick Thornton's staging of the work takes a while to settle into its proper rhythm. But when it finally starts to hit its mark, well into the evening's second half, it grows ever more fascinating. Even those who have seen this play before might hear or sense certain things about it for the first time."
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Hedy Weiss


Daily Herald - Recommended

"...Eugene O'Neill's unflinching, sadly eloquent tragedy about a fractured family. A lifetime of pain, recrimination, guilt, denial and resentment is compressed into one prolonged day in the life of the Tyrones, pulled down into oblivion by meaness, booze and drug-addiction. Harsh and powerful, it remains a must-see for theater lovers."

Barbara Vitello


Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...in Gift Theatre's nearly four-hour production, directed by Michael Patrick Thornton, every glance and tic is freighted with dread. "She's watching us watching her," observes alcoholic Jamie Tyrone of his morphine-addicted mother, Mary (a splendid Alexandra Main), as she slides into a self-induced fog, spidery fingers plucking at her dress. Gary Wingert peels back the layers of parsimonious patriarch James Tyrone to reveal his paralyzing terror of poverty and soul-killing disappointment in life, and Brendan Donaldson and John Kelly Connolly as his sons, Edmund and Jamie, make the last act emotionally devastating."

Kerry Reid


Windy City Times - Somewhat Recommended

"...Long Day’s Journey Into Night is at heart Edmund’s play, the story of O’Neill himself—a poet struggling to break free of his family’s stifling demons. Donaldson has flashes of resonance, particularly in some of his third-act scenes with Connolly. But he never evokes a sense of the bone-loneliness in Edmund, or of the character’s fathoms-deep artistic frustration."
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Catey Sullivan


Time Out Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"...Although Gift member Donaldson makes another vivid and surprising impression here as the quiet, consumption-addled young O'Neill stand-in, the rest of the cast doesn't match him. You can see a real fading matinee idol in dishy, silver-haired Wingert, but the white-hot fury of a stubborn man who refuses to admit what he's squandered."

Christopher Piatt


ChicagoCritic - Highly Recommended

"...Kudos to the craftsmanship of the folks at The Gift Theatre for nailing a classic. It is a wonderful experience to spend an evening enjoying beautiful language played marvelously in an intimate setting. I almost asked them to pour me a whiskey."
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Tom Williams



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