Theater: Anguished Aria

A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN by Eugene O'Neill

Eugene O'Neill was, supremely, a vernacular poet who found his most haunting rhythms in the profoundly mixed emotions of his characters, his most memorably dissonant sonorities in the muddled motives with which they confront memory, fate and each other. A Moon for the Misbegotten, his last completed play, is structurally the simplest of the late great work. It is also perhaps the most anguished, because O'Neill was searching so hard for a ray of hope in the dawn that completes this long night's journey into day....

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