Tonight we went to see Eugene O’Neill’s autobiographical Long Day’s Journey into Night at the Renaissance Theater. David Bennent who I had noticed first and last in the Tin Drum more than thirty years ago played the twentysomething Edmund who was suffering from tuberculosis like O’Neill himself in his early years. His brother, the alcoholic Jamie was played by Ben Becker, a rather well-known German actor who had fought with drugs himself in the recent past. The father James, a miserly actor with a penchant for Whisky was incarnated by Gerd Böckmann, another well known actor. The story was simple. The whole family including the mother who was addicted to morphium lived in a pseudo-reality. The American dream had turned into a nightmare. By the way the piece was a little too long and repetitive for my likes.
(The list of all 320 selections since 1st February 2010 is here.)