Theater review

Critic's Corner//Theater

Romance blooms in `Ah, Wilderness!'

March 22, 2007|By J. Wynn Rousuck | J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun theater critic

"It's about the last play they would ever suspect me of writing," playwright Eugene O'Neill acknowledged in a letter to his older son. The writer, known for dark, troubling dramas, was referring to his comedy, Ah, Wilderness!

In many ways the bright, flip side of Long Day's Journey into Night, O'Neill's autobiographical masterpiece, Ah, Wilderness! is the playwright's nostalgic meditation on the way his family life might have been. Director Melia Bensussen's lovingly detailed production at Center Stage infuses that meditation with warmth and charm.

Ah, Wilderness! runs through April 15 at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. $10-$60. 410-332-0033 or centerstage.org.

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