818 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Category: Community Venues
Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)
The Monte Cristo Cottage is an unassuming building in New London, Connecticut. The 19th-century house, however, was the summer home of Eugene O'Neill and his tempestuous family. Now part of the nearby Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, the Monte Cristo was used as the setting for Long Day's Journey into Night. Inside the home, the tight spaces — where you can easily hear what everyone else is doing at all times — were too confining for the outsized lives of the O'Neill family, led by his actor father, James. The Guthrie brings O'Neill's landmark play about O'Neill, his parents, and his brother to the Wurtele Thrust Stage, under the direction of Joe Dowling. O'Neill drew closely from his own life and experiences in the work, and had asked that it not be published until decades after his death. In the end, it was presented a few years after his passing — and earned him a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for drama. The company is led by Peter Michael Goetz and Helen Carey as James and Mary Tyrone, the stand-ins for O'Neill's parents. Both actors have long histories with the Guthrie. The pair, in fact, has shared the stage there 10 times, including turns as husband and wife in Death of a Salesmen, All My Sons, and the 1976 production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. They are joined by John Catron as James Jr., the alcoholic son, and John Skelley as Edmund, the O'Neill stand-in. Laoisa Sexton plays the family's maid, Cathleen. The show is in previews through Thursday, and opens Friday. $29-$71. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 1 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday. 818 S. Second St., Minneapolis; 612.377.2224. Through February 23 (Photo by Michael Brosilow)
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 1 p.m. Starts: Jan. 12. Continues through Feb. 23, 2013