A Moon for the Misbegotten OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

Photo: T. Charles Erickson
  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    August 5, 2015
    Closing:
    August 23, 2015

    Theater: Williamstown Theatre Festival / 1000 Main Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 01267

    Synopsis: 

    Six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald and Tony Award-nominee Will Swenson take the stage in Nobel laureate Eugene O’Neill’s final masterpiece. When Phil Hogan, a salty tenant farmer, fears he will lose his property, his daughter Josie (McDonald), lures their dissolute landlord, Jamie Tyrone (Swenson), into bed one summer night. Under the glow of the moon, truth comes into focus for these two souls, but what awaits them when dawn breaks? Helmed by Gordon Edelstein and featuring scenic design by the world-renowned Ming Cho Lee, this raw and invigorating new look at O’Neill’s poetic and bitterly romantic A Moon for the Misbegotten assures us of the heart’s capacity for infinite love and forgiveness.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF A Moon for the Misbegotten

    In ‘A Moon for the Misbegotten,’ Audra McDonald Is Front and Center

    Ben Brantley

    August 10, 2015: She may be wild-eyed, dusty and barefoot, and wearing a dress that looks like it doubles as a heavy-duty cleaning rag. But from the moment you set eyes on her at the beginning of the Williamstown Theater Festival’s production of Eugene O’Neill’s “A Moon for the Misbegotten,” you never for a second doubt the supreme, comforting competence of the rowdy farm gal named Josie Hogan. Ample of bosom and muscular of arm, Josie has the take-charge aspect of someone who can fix just about anything. Sure enough, within the opening minutes of Gordon Edelstein’s industrious if unconvincing revival of O’Neill’s elegiac comic drama from the 1940s, Josie has swept the steps, washed a load of greens in a trough, repaired a leaky water pump and chased her shiftless younger brother off into a new, better life in the big city. What can’t this woman do? The same question might be asked about the actress playing Josie. That’s Audra McDonald, who has become to the American theater what Meryl Streep is to film — a star of unstinting polish and versatility who attracts major acting prizes like a magnet draws iron filings. A record-holding winner of six Tony Awards, for both plays and musicals, Ms. McDonald embosses any production in which she appears with a good-value guarantee.

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