Beyond the Horizon OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
February 15, 2012
Closing:
April 15, 2012

Theater: Irish Repertory Theatre / 132 West 22nd Street, New York, NY, 10011

Synopsis: 

Beyond the Horizon is a harrowing, heart-wrenching domestic tragedy, set on a farm in Massachusetts where two brothers, Robert, a dreamer and poet who longs to go to sea and seek the promise that lies beyond the horizon, and Andrew, a more practical man, whose desire extends no farther than the family farm, find themselves in love with their neighbor Ruth.

Just as Robert is about to depart, however, it becomes clear that Ruth loves him and not Andrew. So Robert stays at home to run the farm - a job for which he is entirely unsuited - and Andrew takes his place on the sailing ship to discover lands he never dreamt of. It is a decision with irrevocable and tragic consequences.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Beyond the Horizon

    Brother, Can You Spare a Dream?

    Ben Brantley

    February 26, 2012: Sometimes you have to squint to detect prophetic flickers of genius in the early works of great artists. In the case of Eugene O’Neill’s “Beyond the Horizon,” at least as it has been revived at the Irish Repertory Theater, you have to squint hard enough to develop a new set of crow’s feet.

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  • NY DAILY NEWS REVIEW OF Beyond the Horizon

    Irish Rep spotlights early Eugene O’Neill with Pulitzer-winning drama ‘Beyond the Horizon’

    Joe Dziemianowicz

    February 26, 2012: Tortured families and thwarted dreamers are the stuff that Eugene O’Neill plays are made of.

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  • ASSOCIATED PRESS REVIEW OF Beyond the Horizon

    A Melancholy Early O'Neill In 'Beyond The Horizon'

    Jennifer Farrar

    February 27, 2012: Noted American playwright Eugene O'Neill had a melancholy view of life's possibilities, which didn't prevent him from winning several Pulitzer Prizes for his dramas, including one for his first full-length play, the 1920 tragedy, "Beyond the Horizon."

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  • NY POST REVIEW OF Beyond the Horizon

    Goes above & ‘Beyond’

    Frank Scheck

    February 27, 2012: The Irish Rep has done it again. Having ably resuscitated, Eugene O’Neill’s “The Hairy Ape” and “The Emperor Jones,” it’s now revived “Beyond the Horizon” — a drama that won him the first of four Pulitzer Prizes in 1920 but has rarely been seen here since.

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  • TIME OUT NEW YORK REVIEW OF Beyond the Horizon

    Review: Beyond the Horizon

    Garrett Eisler

    March 1, 2012: Beyond the Horizon was the play that made Eugene O’Neill “Eugene O’Neill.” After years writing expressionist vignettes for the bohemian Provincetown Playhouse, this, his Broadway debut, won O’Neill the 1920 Pulitzer and paved the way to his place in the theatrical pantheon. Seeing the work today, though, you may wonder what all the fuss was about. Set on a Massachusetts farm in the 1910s, this melodramatic love triangle, involving two brothers and the woman who is torn between them, feels like The Waltons as rewritten by Ibsen. The bad-boy dramatist seems to have fun injecting brooding Scandinavian psychodrama into such Americana. But for those expecting the force and complexity of his later masterpieces, like Long Day’s Journey Into Night, the slow, soap-opera proceedings here may disappoint.

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