“I wasn’t sure about this work when I started reading but I have to give credit where it’s due and performed by a group of good actors this play would certainly be entertaining.”

NO MAJOR SPOILERS

Welcome to the “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” or if your the playwright Eugene O’Neill enter his created world of Harry Hope’s Saloon and Boarding House or better stated Bar and Flop House where the cast of characters, of which there are quite a number of them are spending their yesterday’s, today’s and tomorrow’s lost in an alcoholic haze in forgetting their broken pipe dreams.

If misery loves company pull up a chair, down some rot gut and enjoy the play. I can’t imagine what inspired O’Neill to write such a dark play as it doesn’t appear it should have had much of an appeal to a vast audience, and yet it has been performed over the years a number of times.

Fortunately, I acquired a copy which included a detailed description of the scenes and also the physical characteristics of the actors ,their emotions and facial expressions. It is indeed a highly emotional and dramatic play.

Written in the 1940’s it depicts a cheap dive on the West Side of New York, c. 1912. There are 4 acts to the play and they take place in the bar or the bar’s back room where the characters come and go.

I wasn’t sure about this work when I started reading but I have to give credit where it’s due and performed by a group of good actors this play would certainly be entertaining.

 

Reviewed by:

Diana Long

Added 26th February 2018

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