The Theater: Sweet Dreams

AH, WILDERNESS!

by EUGENE O'NEILL

Directed by ARVIN BROWN

It seems ironic that Ireland should have given hostile England a series of witty literary geniuses while its gift to friendly America was Eugene O'Neill. Distrusting both people and words, O'Neill was an unlikely dramatist whose literal mind made him work out everything for himself. In his earlier plays he achieved repetitiveness, instead of the cumulative force of the late ones. A three-hour trifle in the O'Neill canon, Ah, Wilderness! was written in 1933. A comedy, it describes how, on July 4, 1906, 17-year-old Dick...

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