Desire Under the Elms plays its final performance on Broadway
The Broadway revival of Eugene Oï¿½Neillï¿½s Desire Under The Elms plays its final performance on 24 May 2009. The show played 16 previews and 31 regular performances.
The production opened at the St James Theatre on 27 Apr 2009, following previews from 14 Apr 2009, and was originally to play a 13 week limited engagement through to 5 Jul 2009.
The play opened to mixed, but mostly good reviews: "gutsy revival" (NY Times); "baffling revival..., which is overcooked" (NY Daily News); "you won't find a more intense experience on Broadway." (NY Post); "crude in many ways but undeniably theatrical." (Bloomberg); "intense, sizzling revival" (Back Stage).
Desire Under The Elms arrived on Broadway following a critically acclaimed run at Chicagoï¿½s Goodman Theatre. The production stars two-time Tony Award winner Brian Dennehy, stage and screen star Carla Gugino and Tony-nominee Pablo Schreiber, under the direction of Tony Award Winner Robert Falls.
Desire Under The Elms also stars Boris Mcgiver and Daniel Stewart Sherman, and features design by Walt Spangler (set design), Ana Kuzmanic (costume design), Michael Philippi (Lighting Design), and Richard Woodbury (Original Music and Sound Design).
In Desire Under The Elms Ephraim Cabot returns to his remote New England farmhouse with his third wifeï¿½the alluring, headstrong young Abbieï¿½launching his three grown sons into a bitter fight for their inheritance. When Ephraimï¿½s youngest son sets his sights on Abbie, the resulting tempest brings tragic consequences.
The production began performances at Chicago's Goodman Theatre on 17 Jan 2009 for a limited run that was originally scheduled to end on 22 Feb 2009, but was extended through to 1 Mar 2009.