The following review of the Goodman Theatre’s new production of Eugene O’Neill’s Desire Under the Elms appeared January 27, 2009.

Goodman’s ‘Desire’ a blistering, powerful exploration of O’Neill

BY HEDY WEISS Theater Critic

Realism it most certainly is not. But with his grandly operatic production of “Desire Under the Elms” — the centerpiece of the Goodman Theatre’s multi-faceted exploration of the work of Eugene O’Neill — director Robert Falls has given us a founding myth of the American family written in the most gargantuan terms. Think O’Neill on steroids.

Let the tragedians of ancient Greece revel in their House of Thebes, with all its bloody murders and infanticides, its jealousies and rages, its private lusts, public power plays and bloody sacrifices. For O’Neill, a boulder-strewn New England farm was royal house enough. And the ferocious fight to inherit that farm, and the house that stands on it, is enough to unleash the most destructive passions . . .

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