Three Plays: Desire Under the Elms / Strange Interlude / Mourning Becomes Electra

Three Plays Desire Under the Elms Strange Interlude Mourning Becomes Electra These three plays exemplify Eugene O Neil s ability to explore the limits of the human predicament even as he sounds the depths of his audiences hearts

These three plays exemplify Eugene O Neil s ability to explore the limits of the human predicament, even as he sounds the depths of his audiences hearts.

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Three Plays: Desire Under the Elms / Strange Interlude / Mourning Becomes Electra

  1. Eugene Gladstone O Neill was an American playwright who won the 1936 Nobel Prize in Literature for the power, honesty and deep felt emotions of his dramatic works, which embody an original concept of tragedy More than any other dramatist, O Neill introduced American drama to the dramatic realism pioneered by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, and Swedish playwright August Strindberg, and was the first to use true American vernacular in his speeches His plays involve characters who inhabit the fringes of society, engaging in depraved behavior, where they struggle to maintain their hopes and aspirations but ultimately slide into disillusionment and despair O Neill wrote only one comedy Ah, Wilderness all his other plays involve some degree of tragedy and personal pessimism.

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  1. These are three prominent O Neill plays, famous and celebrated in their time, and written before his acknowledged masterpieces that were frankly autobiographical came out, such as Long Day s Journey into Night Of the three plays, Mourning Becomes Electra is, in my view, the weakest and most contrived It is not a bad play, to be clear O Neill writes flawed not bad plays, such is his talent but it is the one most forced in its construction to drive to a tragic conclusion The other two are intere [...]

  2. Out of largesse, 3 stars Life is a pipe dream, eh, and dere s dat ol debbil sea O, shut the fuk up, Gene He yanked American drama away fr mawkish mellerdramer, and introduced sex neurosis on an adult level , bolstered by his knowledge of Freud, Jung and himself Today he s unreadable and almost unplayable I m glad bio writers keep his name flickering, I guess, but the only work that holds up is Long Day s etc Despite an interesting Life, his theatre of the psychic and subconscious is dated I kin [...]

  3. Strange Interlude is very good, but Desire Under the Elms and Mourning Becomes Electra are both masterpieces O Neill s just a genius when it comes to displaying his characters souls, and whether what we see is revolting or noble, there is an underlying sympathy for just about every character that he pens in the two plays.

  4. I read Strang Interlude kind of by surprise at 23 years old, when I was taking myself seriously as a creative writing major, because it beat working at a bookstore I bought a great old O Neill compendium called Nine Plays I m pretty sure, and I didn t buy it for Strange Interlude, but Desire Under The Elms, which I loved for its raw sensuality, and very brutal view of sex, death, and life But Strange Interlude really took me for a ride and showed me what theater could be though I never saw an ac [...]

  5. This review concerns Desire Under the Elms.Just as I see the list of characters in a play as an interesting preview of where the author s head is at, so too I see a later authors choice of play when seeking to adapt any of the many myths of yore Choosing Hippolytus is significant It s one of my favorites by Euripides, so the fact that O Neill, someone who I ve felt a kinship with ever since Long Day s Journey into Night first mortally wounded me in high school, shares a similar taste in the Gree [...]

  6. This is intense melodramatic stuff What is striking about Eugene O Neill s dramas is the awarenes and portrayal of what protagonists are thinking juxtaposed to what they are actually saying I imagine that the plays are therefore onyl producable for the radio A large part of the action takes place at two simultaneous levels the spoken and the unspoken This stresses the siunity of the human persona and is therefore intensely psychological in the modern, post Freudian sense of the word The characat [...]

  7. O Neill was actively channeling Greek Drama when he churned out these plays, which explains why they re so monumental and deliberate the unkind would say occasionally stilted , and laced with sins and expiations greater than most mortal lives can contain This much I remember from my high school English classes, but it would have been nice had this edition included a little critical introduction discussing the playwright s influences or explaining just how in holy hell anyone ever managed to stag [...]

  8. Two stars for Desire Under the ElmsThis probably wasn t the best O Neill drama to start off with For me it was coarse and dark, and none of the characters were really likable although perhaps that was the point The action was fast moving and even a bit crazed There also didn t seem to be a whole lot of true, believable character development.Overall, just not my taste, but I still might try to read the others in the volume.Update on April 30, 2011 Four stars for Strange InterludeIn contrast to DU [...]

  9. Re Strange Interlude this was the first O Neill I d read in than 30 years I d read most of the major plays back in the day and this was in fact a rereading Given all the O Neill tics and smothering stage direction, surprisingly contemporary, although wordier than even the wordy playwright needed it to be did he really need to spell out, in explicitly abecedarian detail, every single thing Controversial at the time, and O Neill s most successful Broadway production, we have to wonder now whether [...]

  10. So far I have only read one of the three playes Mourning becomes Electra I read it for a university course about American Drama.With a lot of references and similarities to Greek Mythology O Neill wrote a family drama taking place at the end of the Civil War in New England Right at the beginning is the heroic husband poisoned by his not so loving any wife His daughter, who always hated her mother and doted on her father, persuades her brother to take revenge and kill the lover of their mother Af [...]

  11. I read Desire Under the Elms for my dissertation It s definitely a unique Hippolytus adaptation, but for me it didn t live up to the complexity of a play like Long Day s Journey into Night Maybe it was tough to really get into this play because it is written in dialect what sounds to me like a southern drawl, rather than a Connecticut dialect, but we can put that issue aside And there are a lot of complex issues going on in this play, issues about rights, the nature of God, sons usurping fathers [...]

  12. I read Desire Under the Elms and Mourning Becomes Elektra I was so disturbed by the latter that I can t get myself to read Strange Interlude I probably won t ever read it without the pressure of academic supervision O Neill is a richly skilled writer, but he is dark and humorless Martin McDonagh, another dark playwright, writes about similarly tragic people and families, but adds a comic undertone that makes them entertaining Mourning Becomes Elektra I read over the course of two days, and even [...]

  13. This one took me a while A long while A long long long while Desire Under The Elms is good, but I can barely remember what it is about Strange Interlude took me 3 months to read Maybe However, when I finally finished it, I was amazed by the play It has a great pay off Though I do think it is too long, even though the length is necessary for the ending Mourning Becomes Electra is the quickest read, mostly because in contrast to Interlude there is so much action going on It s not as good as Stran [...]

  14. So much darker than I imagined Passions, greed, murder, jealousy are ripe throughout the plays The amazing aspect is that though they are period pieces, they seem wholly capable of being presented today and speaking to modern audiences The strongest of the plays in my opinion was Strange Interlude, with Mourning Becomes Electra the weakest of the three The version I read went above and beyond the classical stage directions, almost as if the play was purposefully novelized, which made it much ric [...]

  15. Desire Under the Elms is a play about very simple people tossed into a very complex situation But in there ignorance you get a very emotional look into such great problems as opposed to a logical approach So in essence these people seem much human and relatable The language is very hard to get past because the author really nails the southern slang but makes it difficult to read quickly and burn through it.

  16. Very interesting plays, well written, although I found myself put off by some of the characters Eugene O Neill certainly gets to the core of human beings, but I do find myself thinking that, although his depiction is probably very accurate, I do not care for human beings as he depicts them.Three different plays, three very different kinds of love, all three shudderworthy Lots of food for thought.

  17. O Neill channels Greek Oedipal tragedies strongly in this collection Characters feel quite two dimensional but that s precisely the point the tragedies and deaths that unfold in each work are set in motion at the beginning, and each player must play their role to bring about ordained retribution I ve read Desire Under the Elms several times, but I find Mourning Becomes Electra a better exposition of a dysfunctional, vindictive, and jealous family.

  18. I only read one play from this collection, Desire Under The Elms However, it was fantastic It is a wonderful play about the culture of New Endlang, and the time frame that it was in It showed how dark New England can be, and the effects of marrying down There were many twists in the play, and then some that were predictable It s a show that makes you want to jump off a cliff, so keep yourself away from sharp objects once you get to the last act.

  19. These are crazy plays, with Greek tragedy underpinnings Oedipus Rex, anyone Interesting, but a little too much for me Strange Interlude was, well, strange I kept thinking, How would this really work on a stage More than half of the dialogue was the character s thoughts Mourning Becomes Electra was probably the best of the three, but still a lot of weirdness to it.

  20. These plays could be good if they were edited down or rewritten to make them palatable to a contemporary audience, but as they re published here they re terrible After reading these plays I can t help but think of O Neill as a misogynist and that s a bit of a bummer.

  21. am planning on seeing the broadway production of desire under the elms with a co worker The story is tragic, but the vernacular of the characters is fun and quick despite the darkness of the storyline

  22. I had to read these for a school course, and while the writing is good and complex I hate the characters I hate who they are as people, and I hope to never read this again.

  23. Dialect in Desire Under the Elms was distracting, and Strange Interlude took a while to get going, but the Mourning Becomes Electra cycle is goooood.

  24. Eugene O Neill has a crazy way of creating real life characters doing strange stuff and I agree with it If you like reading plays, I recommend reading one of his llw

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