Long Day's Journey Into Night

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Wed Jun 19, 12:00am

Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer prize-winning masterpiece captures one fateful summer's day in the life of the Tyrones. Haunted by the past but unable to face the truth of the present, James and Mary Tyrone and their two sons test the bonds of a family caught in a cycle of love and resentment. As day turns to night and each member of the family indulges in their vices, the truth unravels leaving behind a quartet of ruined lives. The Wallis is honored to present the Bristol Old Vic's award-winning production, led by director Sir Richard Eyre and starring Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons ("Brideshead Revisited", Reversal of Fortune, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) opposite Olivier winner Lesley Manville (Another Year, “Harlots”, Phantom Thread).

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"On the stage of the Wallis, director Richard Eyre has gathered a talented cast and given them a splendid set on which to work.  Unfortunately, neither the cast nor the set seems well turned to O'Neill's piece."

sour - Ernest Kearney - www.thetvolution.com - ...read full review


"...this bravura production of Long Day's Journey Into Night spearheaded by the virtuoso Irons is among the best tragedies this reviewer has ever seen. It is a must see for all lovers of great acting and drama. Don't miss it. On opening night it was met with a well-deserved standing ovation. Bravo!"

sweet - Ed Rampell - Hollywood Progressive - ...read full review


"Irons is magnificent as Eugene O'Neill's father, James. With the flick of his hair, light of a cigarette, roll of an eye, and a faint hint of a smile, he is fascinating to watch. It's just so easy for him to take this role and make it feel so real. This great actor is one of only a few to win a Tony, Oscar, an Emmy award."

sweet - Jill Weinlein - On Stage - ...read full review


"Best of all here is Ms. Manville (who received a well-deserved Oscar nomination this year for Phantom Thread): Devastating as mother Mary, whose slow surrender to morphine returns her to girlhood, she uses her supposedly pain-stricken hands to convey her toxic brew of loneliness, nostalgia and hopelessness..."

sweet-sour - Tony Frankel - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


Erin Conley
"Long Day's Journey Into Night, while a classic, is a test of patience, both in its interminable length and in the often unlikable nature of the characters. But those characters provide great vehicles for strong actors, and Manville in particular is giving a very fine performance—in fact, the play would benefit from more of it."

sweet - Erin Conley - On Stage and Screen - ...read full review


Rob Stevens
"But the crowning jewel in this production, and she shines like a 1000 exploding suns, in the performance of Lesley Manville as Mary... If you have never experienced a Long Day's Journey Into Night, you won't go wrong by seeing this one. Manville's performance alone makes it one for the ages."

sweet - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


Travis Michael Holder
"As the American theatre's most challenging 20th-century anti-heroine, Lesley Manville gives the performance of the year--if not the decade--in the truly stellar transplanted Bristol Old Vic production of Eugene O'Neill's personal attempt to exorcise his family demons, under the inspired direction of Richard Eyre and featuring a towering turn by Jeremy Irons as her overbearing husband James."

sweet - Travis Michael Holder - TicketHolders LA - ...read full review


"This Bristol Old Vic Production of LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT is directed by Richard Eyre, who keeps the pace brisk in this piece which lasts just over three hours. In this day of short plays, often without intermissions, O'Neill's drama is long and complex. At the same time, it allows for the slow stripping away of facades from each of the four principals – as well as the build-up of frustration and exasperation in the audience when there seems to be no end – or solution – in sight. O'Neill masterfully profiles each of his family members – and the uber-talented cast bites into the roles with fierce gusto."

sweet - Elaine L. Mura - Splash Magazine - ...read full review


"It's very hard to fail at “Long Day's Journey Into Night”; the monologues, being some of the most compelling in American literature. That said, this production, which didn't cut any lines, but clocks in at 3 hours and 25 minutes, is a model for how to efficiently stage such a masterpiece. There is also a lot of subtle, yet effective foreshadowing throughout the show. As the foghorn sounds, and darkness descends, the mood changes, as the family wallows in its despair, credit to lighting director extraordinaire, Peter Mumford. Add to this, dialogue and poetry of epic Shakespearean nature, and you have the quintessential tragic drama of its era, and actually timeless... If you want to experience theatrical history, in a production that will be long remembered, this is it."

sweet - Bonnie Priever - Curtain Up - ...read full review


"Directed by Richard Eyre, the strong cast is headlined by Jeremy Irons, as a vigorous James Tyrone, and Lesley Manville (most recently seen locally in the film Phantom Thread) as his addicted wife, Mary Tyrone. Fiery and commanding supporting performances from Matthew Beard and Rory Keenan as sons Jamie and Edmund, respectively, complete the family portrait. These are rich portrayals, they are heartbreaking and they keep us on our toes, although the Bram Goldsmith is fundamentally too large a house for such an intimate play."

sweet-sour - Sylvie Drake - Cultural Weekly - ...read full review


"Director Richard Eyre gives the piece a potent and dynamic production, nimbly capturing the humor that is the play's saving grace and pushing all the emotions to their limits. RECOMMENDED "

sweet - Neal Weaver - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Ellen Dostal
"Avoiding truths and telling lies has become routine for the Tyrones. Mother Mary is a morphine addict, a habit brought on following medical complications from the birth of her youngest son, Edmund, some twenty years earlier. "None of us can help what the past has made us," she says. "The only way to survive is to make yourself not care." It is a devastating portrayal of a woman constantly on the verge of breaking and Manville is as delicate and brittle as a porcelain doll whose cracks have been painted over but still buckle under the repair."

sweet - Ellen Dostal - BroadwayWorld Los Angeles - ...read full review


"On the stage of the Wallis, director Richard Eyre has gathered a talented cast and given them a splendid set on which to work.  Unfortunately, neither the cast nor the set seems well turned to O'Neill's piece."

sour - Ernest Kearney - www.thetvolution.com - ...read full review


"...this bravura production of Long Day's Journey Into Night spearheaded by the virtuoso Irons is among the best tragedies this reviewer has ever seen. It is a must see for all lovers of great acting and drama. Don't miss it. On opening night it was met with a well-deserved standing ovation. Bravo!"

sweet - Ed Rampell - Hollywood Progressive - ...read full review


"Irons is magnificent as Eugene O'Neill's father, James. With the flick of his hair, light of a cigarette, roll of an eye, and a faint hint of a smile, he is fascinating to watch. It's just so easy for him to take this role and make it feel so real. This great actor is one of only a few to win a Tony, Oscar, an Emmy award."

sweet - Jill Weinlein - On Stage - ...read full review


"Best of all here is Ms. Manville (who received a well-deserved Oscar nomination this year for Phantom Thread): Devastating as mother Mary, whose slow surrender to morphine returns her to girlhood, she uses her supposedly pain-stricken hands to convey her toxic brew of loneliness, nostalgia and hopelessness..."

sweet-sour - Tony Frankel - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


Erin Conley
"Long Day's Journey Into Night, while a classic, is a test of patience, both in its interminable length and in the often unlikable nature of the characters. But those characters provide great vehicles for strong actors, and Manville in particular is giving a very fine performance—in fact, the play would benefit from more of it."

sweet - Erin Conley - On Stage and Screen - ...read full review


Rob Stevens
"But the crowning jewel in this production, and she shines like a 1000 exploding suns, in the performance of Lesley Manville as Mary... If you have never experienced a Long Day's Journey Into Night, you won't go wrong by seeing this one. Manville's performance alone makes it one for the ages."

sweet - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


Travis Michael Holder
"As the American theatre's most challenging 20th-century anti-heroine, Lesley Manville gives the performance of the year--if not the decade--in the truly stellar transplanted Bristol Old Vic production of Eugene O'Neill's personal attempt to exorcise his family demons, under the inspired direction of Richard Eyre and featuring a towering turn by Jeremy Irons as her overbearing husband James."

sweet - Travis Michael Holder - TicketHolders LA - ...read full review


"This Bristol Old Vic Production of LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT is directed by Richard Eyre, who keeps the pace brisk in this piece which lasts just over three hours. In this day of short plays, often without intermissions, O'Neill's drama is long and complex. At the same time, it allows for the slow stripping away of facades from each of the four principals – as well as the build-up of frustration and exasperation in the audience when there seems to be no end – or solution – in sight. O'Neill masterfully profiles each of his family members – and the uber-talented cast bites into the roles with fierce gusto."

sweet - Elaine L. Mura - Splash Magazine - ...read full review


"It's very hard to fail at “Long Day's Journey Into Night”; the monologues, being some of the most compelling in American literature. That said, this production, which didn't cut any lines, but clocks in at 3 hours and 25 minutes, is a model for how to efficiently stage such a masterpiece. There is also a lot of subtle, yet effective foreshadowing throughout the show. As the foghorn sounds, and darkness descends, the mood changes, as the family wallows in its despair, credit to lighting director extraordinaire, Peter Mumford. Add to this, dialogue and poetry of epic Shakespearean nature, and you have the quintessential tragic drama of its era, and actually timeless... If you want to experience theatrical history, in a production that will be long remembered, this is it."

sweet - Bonnie Priever - Curtain Up - ...read full review


"Directed by Richard Eyre, the strong cast is headlined by Jeremy Irons, as a vigorous James Tyrone, and Lesley Manville (most recently seen locally in the film Phantom Thread) as his addicted wife, Mary Tyrone. Fiery and commanding supporting performances from Matthew Beard and Rory Keenan as sons Jamie and Edmund, respectively, complete the family portrait. These are rich portrayals, they are heartbreaking and they keep us on our toes, although the Bram Goldsmith is fundamentally too large a house for such an intimate play."

sweet-sour - Sylvie Drake - Cultural Weekly - ...read full review


"Director Richard Eyre gives the piece a potent and dynamic production, nimbly capturing the humor that is the play's saving grace and pushing all the emotions to their limits. RECOMMENDED "

sweet - Neal Weaver - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Ellen Dostal
"Avoiding truths and telling lies has become routine for the Tyrones. Mother Mary is a morphine addict, a habit brought on following medical complications from the birth of her youngest son, Edmund, some twenty years earlier. "None of us can help what the past has made us," she says. "The only way to survive is to make yourself not care." It is a devastating portrayal of a woman constantly on the verge of breaking and Manville is as delicate and brittle as a porcelain doll whose cracks have been painted over but still buckle under the repair."

sweet - Ellen Dostal - BroadwayWorld Los Angeles - ...read full review