I'm usually not one for recounting tales of great shows seen (memory is fickle, and mendacious), but in 1996 I found myself at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for a production of Eugene O'Neil's Long Day's Journey into Night that insinuated itself into the way I see life. It's a tough pill to swallow, this story of a family in thrall to addiction, bitterness, and the ash-end of great passion, but it's told with astonishing depth of feeling, and a sense of a great talent throwing all caution to the wind (it was never published during O'Neil's life, per his wishes, so intense were the truths it contained about his own life). This Theatre in the Round production features Maggie Bearmon Pistner in the role of Mary, the drug-addicted mother of the Tyrone clan, with direction by Lynn Musgrave.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 8 p.m. Starts: April 25. Continues through May 18, 2008