Revving Into Revelation

TITLE: ANNA CHRISTIE

AUTHOR: EUGENE O'NEILL

WHERE: BROADWAY

THE BOTTOM LINE: Natasha Richardson stars in a revival of the waterfront drama that finally finds its sea legs.

THE REPUTATION OF EUGENE O'Neill occupies the American stage the way your grandparents' sofa might dominate your living room. The thing is dark, overstuffed, too big and too long. Its style affronts modern taste; it has an odor that lingers somewhere between musty and musk. Yet you're afraid to toss the thing out because you've been told it's a valuable antique. And some people do say they feel comfortable sitting on it.

The people...

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