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Ended 22 Apr 2017 after 28 days
"Eugene O'Neill's 1922 expressionist drama is rarely seen these days, but director Richard Jones' production brings it to magnificent life with a visually stunning, stylized rendition that gains resonance from its overwhelming setting."
The Hollywood Reporter
Eugene O'Neill's expressionistic portrayal of class divides in the industrial age arrives at the Armory in a stunning new production. The venue's performance space has been transformed, with the audience occupying a central seating area while the stage revolves around them as the play progresses. It's an original approach, matching the inventive direction of Richard Jones, who helmed the show during its acclaimed 2015 run at London's Old Vic, and sets the action against a sparse, factory set, bathed in neon lights.
Leading this production as Yank, a brutish laborer who rebels against his upper class oppressors, is two-time Tony nominee Bobby Carnavale (Mauritus, Blue Jasmine), last seen Off-Broadway in White Rabbit, Red Rabbit.
Yank is a muscle-bound laborer working as a stoker on a transatlantic ocean linear. He revels in his work and takes pride in the knowledge that he essential to keeping this gargantuan machine operating. His confidence is rattled however when a tycoon's daughter comes below deck, and faints at the sight of him, just managing to call him a "filthy beast!" before she collapses. Yank is infuriated by the insult, and upon landing in New York a few weeks later, makes it his mission to avenge himself against the upper classes.
Previews from: 25 March 2017
Opening night: 30 March 2017
Closing night: 22 April 2017
90 minutes, no intermission
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