Ah, Wilderness!

Ah, Wilderness!

Ah Wilderness Revived in to acclaim at New York s Lincoln Center Ah Wilderness is a sharp departure from the gritty reality of the author s renowned dramas Taking place over the July th weekend of in a

  • Title: Ah, Wilderness!
  • Author: Eugene O'Neill
  • ISBN: 9780573605147
  • Page: 117
  • Format: Paperback
  • Revived in 1998 to acclaim at New York s Lincoln Center, Ah, Wilderness is a sharp departure from the gritty reality of the author s renowned dramas Taking place over the July 4th weekend of 1906 in an idyllic Connecticut town, it offers a tender, retrospective portrait of small town family values, teenage growing pains, and young love.

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    A Book of Verses underneath the Bough,A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread—and ThouBeside me singing in the Wilderness—Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!-- Rubaiyat of Omar KhayyamI saw a production of this play last night at Chicago’s Goodman Theater, where I have been seeing plays for decades, including several productions of O’Neill’s most famous plays such as Long Day’s Journey into Night, and the Iceman Cometh. A sentimental romance, it is the only comedy O’Neill wrote, coming in th [...]

    A sweet sentimental play - so different from the usual O'Neill fare. I loved it, especially the autumnal romance. Well, spring isn't everything, is it, Essie? There's a lot to be said for autumn. That'said got beauty, too. And winter - if you're together.You hit it on the head, Nat Miller.

    I would like to see this play staged. I found it fun because the story is based in 1906, the play was published in 1933 and I am reading it in 2008 the mannerisms of the characters and the stage direction in the play are both "old fashioned".Like all good dysfunctional family plots, there is some alcoholism, a bratty child, some know-it-all drama teens, some people in denial, and someone trying to tie it all together. However, I did not read this play thinking of Arthur Miller (though there is a [...]

    Plays, I think, are meant to be viewed on a stage-especially comedic plays. Seeing the play performed at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago by an outstanding cast really brought it to life. The subtlety of the lines were highlighted in this first class rendering of the play.

    This was quite the enjoyable read--even though I had to read it for school. I could tell that there were so many scenes that would be really hilarious when staged. It was still funny when I was reading it! I loved how specific all the stage directions were because they allowed me to truly visualize the whole play.

    This play is Eugene O'Neill's only comedy. Very nice. I liked it when I read it, but enjoyed seeing it on the stage at UVU ever more. The play, written in 1913, had a prhase that I only heard my mother say: Little pitchers have big ears. She was referring to me when she said that.

    I liked it - Made me laugh out loud several times. The characters are vivid, and the plot is short and sweet. Can't wait to see it performed by the Tara seniors.

    I do not like O'Neill's plays. Oh, sure, they're an important historical artifact but I find them too angsty and tedious and overwrought.

    One of the central problems with Ah, Wilderness! seems obvious. It is a light charming comedy written by a playwright who at his best was intense, at his worst ponderous, but was never light or charming. There are scenes, for instance, where the family share jokes and laugh and I wonder how this works on the stage: it must be a challenge to get the audience to share the warmth of feeling. But maybe it plays better than it reads on the page. But even if this is the case I’m not convinced by it. [...]

    Simple Charm and TruthA quaint but charming tale that remains true to human behavior, even though O'Neill knew it was a romantic fantasy.

    I caught the film version on TV and saw little kids blowing up sticks of dynamite on the 4th of July and a high school student reading an impassioned Socialist speech and thought, “What the heck s this?” When I found out it was based on a Eugene O’Neill comedy (which seemed like a paradox in and of itself) I had to read the play for myself. O’Neill shows warmth and compassion for his characters. There’s certainly drunkenness and misery and some of the other O’Neill hallmarks, but ove [...]

    O'Neill showed that he can do comedic sections in his previous plays, but I remember the humor always being a little bit cynically barbed. I guess in Depression New York, he thought it might be time to let it loose with broad strokes of wordplay, slapstick and situation comedy.I also think that this is O'Neill's "What I wish my family could have been" play. The drunk is not the belligerently dominant father, but a harmless witty uncle. The sensitive young "artist" son is made fun of as an innoce [...]

    Not the O'Neill I'm accustomed and somewhat bland for that reason. I guess drinking too much champagne and flirting with a "loose girl" was extremely risqué behavior in the 1930s, but it doesn't make for much dramatic tension. I'm hoping to see this onstage soon, and maybe I will change my opinion.

    Was visiting Eugene O'Neill's house in New London and bought this play there. Hadn't read a play in years. VERY dated, but I can see why it would have been well received in the 1920's when he wrote it. Coming of age book. Short and there was some humor in it unlike most of his other works.

    This is still nice enough to read, a slice of Americana that's pleasantly nostalgic for a time gone past, but I think it has dated in a way that only a high level theater would get enough of the subtleties out of it to create a good production anymore. The humor would be lost on modern audiences.

    Eugene O'Neill - The King of Comedy! - it's like Tony Robbins writing a monograph on E.M. Cioran

    I loved working on this play in school, it's pretty hilarious. My roommates got so sick of hearing me repeat these lines and trounce all over the house.

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