The Iceman Cometh

The Iceman Cometh

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Eugene O’Neill was the first American playwright to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. He completed The Iceman Cometh in 1939, but he delayed production until after the war, when it enjoyed a long run of performances in 1946 after receiving mixed reviews. Three years after O'Neill's death, Jason Robards starred in a Broadway revival that brought new critical attention to O’Neill’s darkest and most nihilistic play. In the half century since, The Iceman Cometh has gained enormously in stature, and many critics now recognize it as one of the greatest plays in American drama.  The Iceman Cometh focuses on a group of alcoholics and misfits who endlessly discuss but never act on their dreams, and Hickey, the traveling salesman determined to strip them of their pipe dreams.



Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2006
Copyright Date: ©1974
ISBN: 9780300117431
0300117434
Branch Call Number: 812 ONEIL
Characteristics: xiii, 219 pages ; 20 cm

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Sep 02, 2013

Wow....talk about despair! It's in every movement of this play.
Harry's bar & rooming house is the last stop for a rag-tag group of alcoholics. There's nowhere for them to go; they've reached rock bottom. As we hear of each of their pasts, it's so sad to know that their lives once held promise and it slipped away.
Along comes Hickey who tries to show them that they can break out of their pattern, return to their old lives. He tries to give them hope. But, even as they try, it's hopeless. How can one man make another man, who is wasted and has given in & surrendered to life, see opportunity?
This would be a good play to see on stage with the action and drama. It's a good play to read as well.

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