A Moon for the Misbegotten

Definition

Theater

  • A play by Eugene O'Neill the last of his works to be staged inhis lifetime. It was first performed in out-of-town trials in 1947 and didnot open on Broadway until ten years later. Jason Robards Jr., who during hiscareer played more O'Neill leads than any other actor, starred as James TyroneJr. He returned to the role at New York's Morosco Theatre in 1973, a yearafter a car accident had disfigured his face, requiring three operations and$50,000 to rebuild it.

    The play, a sequel to Long Day's Journey Into Night,depicts the continuing self-destruction of Jim Tyrone, the alcoholicson in the earlier play, who is now the owner of a Connecticut farm.The other major characters are Phil Hogan, a farmer whose bullyinghas driven his three sons off the land, and Josie, his rough-hewndaughter, who loves Jim.

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