Old Plays: A Moon for the Misbegotten


A Eugene O'Neill play is somewhat like a confession without hope of absolution. The sense of sin lies too deep to be expiated. Past guilts abort present action and remorse is denied relief. The characters reach out to one another for affection and frustratingly embrace only the perturbed, tormented shadows of themselves.

One of O'Neill's last plays, A Moon for the Misbegotten, is laid in just such a haunted house of self. It has been revived at Off-Broadway's Circle in the Square Theater in a production of attentive care. The actors'...

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