Theater: O'Neill's Last Long Remnant

More Stately Mansions. Watching a Eugene O'Neill play fail is sometimes as awesome as seeing the Titanic sink. More Stately Mansions, however, is more like a becalmed Flying Dutchman on which trapped passengers spend three hours torturing one another and ranting about their fate. On the spacious stage of Los Angeles' elegant Ahmanson Theater, site of the play's U.S. premiere last week, Mansions stays within hailing distance of the playgoer's interest, but it never gets heartbeat close.

The play would have been the fourth in O'Neill's aborted nine-play cycle, A Tale of Possessors Self-Dispossessed,...

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