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Long Day's Journey into Night
Widely considered to be Eugene O'Neill's magnum opus, this Geffen Playhouse production of the 1956 Tony winner examines one day in the life of the Tyrones, a Connecticut family with a host of dark secrets. The mother Mary (played by the wildly talented Jane Kaczmarek) is addicted to morphine while her grown son Edmund (Colin Woodell) suffers from tuberculosis. Rounding out the powerful cast is Alfred Molina as patriarch James and Stephen Louis Grush as his namesake son. A heartrending must-watch.
The trend of families with dark secrets continues with the New Group's Buried Child. A 1979 Pulitzer Prize winner by the late Sam Shepard, Buried Child centers around Dodge (Ed Harris) and Halie (Amy Madigan), alcoholics who have their hands full trying to keep their farmland with their grown sons Tilden (Paul Sparks) and Bradley (Rich Sommer), each with their own affliction. When their grandson Vince (Nat Wolff) visits, girlfriend Shelly (Taissa Farmiga) in tow, none of them seem to know who he is and regard him as an intruder before accepting he is one of them. This entire cast ably handles the emotionally-heavy storyline in this 2016 production. (Read our full review of Buried Child here.)
On the Exhale
Filmed at the Roundabout Theatre earlier in 2017, Martín Zimmerman's one-woman show stars Marin Ireland as the sole player, who engages the audience with words to paint how she has been affected by a random act of gun violence. Beautifully acted by Ireland and directed by Leigh Silverman in a classic black box theatre, this is a grim tale that captures your attention and does not let go. (Read our review of On the Exhale here.)
A Midsummer Night's Dream
On a different and lighter note, August is the epitome of midsummer and the perfect time to see Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream in all its otherworldly glory. Directed by the fantastic Julie Taymor, whose award-winning works include Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark and The Lion King, this 2014 production comes a full 30 years after she first collaborated on the play with Theatre for a New Audience in 1984. The stellar cast is made even more celestial with the dreamy shades of blue and gorgeous lighting design. All of Shakespeare's original text remains intact in this rendition that will delight newcomers to the work as well as recapture the hearts of every Shakespeare aficionado.