A Moon For The Misbegotten

2006
Character: Jim Tyrone
Directors: Howard Davies
Writers: Eugene O'Neill
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Eve Best, Colm Meany
Storyline:
Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh first drew Kevin Spacey to the Old Vic. Now another late O'Neill, again superbly directed by Howard Davies, proves the highlight of the Spacey regime to date. With the exception of Richard II, this theatre has lately roamed the foothills of drama; now at last it seems to be aiming for the peaks.O'Neill's play is deceptive. The setting is a broken-down farm in rural Connecticut in 1923 and we seem to be in for a folksy mortgage melodrama. Cussed old Phil Hogan, an Irish-American tenant farmer, is apparently concerned that the property will be sold from under him. Deserted by his three sons, he is helplessly dependent on his daughter, Josie, who poses as a rustic trollop. The only hope of saving the land it seems is for Josie to trick their drunken landlord, Jim Tyrone, into her bed.

(The Guardian,Michael Billington)
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