The Hairy Ape Will Howl an Extra Week in NYC

News   The Hairy Ape Will Howl an Extra Week in NYC A slice of American theatre history is proving popular at The Irish Repertory Theatre in Manhattan. The Hairy Ape, the early Eugene O'Neill play, will be extended one week.

The added week is Nov. 21-26, and comes after the production opened Oct. 5 to solid reviews.

According to Irish Rep, "When The Hairy Ape, one of Eugene O'Neill's favorite plays, opened in 1922, it set the theatrical world on fire. This journey of a dark-souled, brutish ship laborer known as Yank is a riveting story of a common man's search for belonging in a world controlled by the rich and powerful. As head coal stoker on an ocean liner, Yank is in his element: he rules his dark smoky world — he powers the ship — he belongs. But when the beautiful, pale, spoiled daughter of the ship's owner visits the engine room for a thrill, she is at once repulsed and terrified by Yank and what she sees there. Half in love with the unattainable and half blinded by rage, the bewildered Yank blunders violently through Manhattan seeking at once revenge and a place in a society which refuses him."

Eugene O'Neill won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1936.

Ciarán O'Reilly directs a cast that includes Kerry Bishé, Jason Denuszek, Gregory Derelian, Jerry Finnigan, Delphi Harrington, David Lansbury, Jon Levenson, Allen McCullough, Michael Mellamphy and Kevin O'Donnell.

Tickets are $55 and $50 and can be purchased by calling The Irish Repertory Theatre box office at (212) 727-2737. Visit www.irishrep.org.

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