Saturday, May 02, 2015

Janie in Ah Wilderness!

To the Young Vic last night to see Janie in Ah Wilderness! a 1933 play by Eugene O'Neill.

This is set on 4th July 1906 and centres on the Miller family and especially their 16 year old son Richard. Janie plays the wry mother of the Miller family: her husband Nat owns the local newspaper, her elder son is at Yale and her younger boy loves to let off firecrackers. Her brother Sid and her sister-in-law Lilly also live in the household - they broke off their engagement 16 years ago due to Sid's drunken antics. Richard is obsessed with the poetry of Swinburne, Oscar Wilde and the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám from which the title is loosely taken:
A Book of Verses underneath the Bough,
A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread—and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness—
Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!
The whole cast was acting excellently - which usually happens when Janie is in the cast! In addition to Janie, Martin Marquez was fine as the father, Dominic Rowan did a wonderful turn as the drunken uncle Sid and George MacKay as the 16-year-old son.

Catch it if you can!

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