The Theater: O'Neill's Last Play

When Playwright Eugene O'Neill in 1941 inscribed the work to his wife Carlotta, he called it "this play of old sorrow, written in tears and blood." So personal and painful were its harsh, acid scenes that O'Neill withheld publication or performance until after his death. As he lay dying, he asked that the first performance of his last play be given in Sweden, where his popularity was always greater than it was in the U.S. Last week, two years after his death and 15 years after the play's birth, O'Neill's wish was fulfilled. Long...

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