Three Plays

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Part of why I like my local library is that I can find a 1938 edition of three Eugene O’Neill plays and read an introduction that is a contemporary rather than historical essay of the plays. Three Plays PDF EBook Lionel Trilling’s introduction is the perfect preface to this collection, and if you can find this edition, I’d recommend it. As for the individual plays:

The Emperor Jones: Those who prefer their plays strongly rooted in reality should avoid this one. I’m mixed about expressionism, but I liked this tale of an African- PDFAmerican man who escapes to a Caribbean Island and sets himself up as an emperor. The play opens as his empire tumbles down, and I can’t help but think that, with some tinkering, this would make an interesting revival for a commentary on Wall Street.

Anna Christie: Netting O’Neill his second Pulitzer, Anna Christie is the story of a prostitute, and, unlike the other two in this collection, grounded in realism. It’s a love story but not, a family drama but not, and even in written form, the foggy, damp chill of the ocean snakes off the page.

The Hairy Ape: Throughout The Hairy Ape, I kept thinking of Plato’s "Allegory of the Cave." I haven’t seen any references to it in the few essays I read about the play, but I can’t escape my own feeling that The Hairy Ape is Plato’s tale set in a capitalist system that borders on an oligarchy. For that matter, if I were back in school and writing an essay on The Hairy Ape, I’d want to compare and contrast Yank and Ragtime’s Coalhouse Walker. This is all to say I enjoyed The Hairy Ape and found it as much a philosophical reflection as a dramatic work.

To the whole collection: Highly recommended.
Like this book? Read online this: Marvellous Hairy, Plays.

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