The Theater to See On, Off, and Way Off Broadway

The season's top 12 can't-miss productions in New York and beyond.

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OF 13

Broadway: Long Day’s Journey into Night

Plenty of directors might balk at taking on Eugene O’Neill’s weighty magnum opus, Long Day’s Journey into Night, but not Jonathan Kent. “I took about 30 seconds to say yes,” recalls the British stage veteran, who spent 12 years leading London’s Almeida Theatre. “It’s a play of such visceral power, about the terrible collateral damage of addiction, but also the savagery of families.” Kent’s new production with the Roundabout Theatre Company emphasizes “heightened naturalism” without discounting the “operatic emotional scale” of O’Neill’s claustrophobic setup: the explosive Tyrone family, trapped in one room over the course of a day. With a dream cast in place—Gabriel Byrne and Jessica Lange as James and Mary, Michael Shannon and John Gallagher Jr. as their sons, Jamie and Edmund—Kent says he’s free to focus on the unique potency of the play O’Neill found too personal to publish in his lifetime. American Airlines Theatre, through June 26; 227 W. 42nd St.; 212-719-1300; roundabouttheatre.org.