She put me on the edge of my seat and kept me there.
He mined every moment, every nuance of every scene. His performance was a master class.
He made Big Daddy big, not just with his size but his stage presence — he owned the stage. Same with Charles Durning, who I saw in the same role on Broadway years later.
Like all great performances, he just was the salesman in all his pain and imperfection.
Mildred Dunnock on that same stage as Lee J. Cobb's wife, Linda
What a stunning performance. When she said, "Attention must be paid." And later when she said, "We're free and clear." Goosebumps.
Masterful. And when he delivered that monologue in which he explains his experience with poverty, he really made that nasty, miserly grouch sympathetic.
The next time I saw Long Day's Journey was with Colleen Dewhurst as Mary Tyrone
She was wonderful, chilling. Instead of getting angry like you expect, right before she goes to shoot up, she'd get quiet, contain all that rage. Amazing. She was also pretty darn spectacular in A Moon for the Misbegotten.
What can I say. Breathtaking. Larger than life. That commanding voice. I mean, he was Jack Jefferson. Hard to analyze the great performances. They just are.
Such charm. He had an incredible rapport with the audience.
Let me tell you, she was the best Rose. I saw Ethel Merman in the original on Broadway, and she was terrific — gave me goosebumps when she sang "Rose's Turn," but for me Tyne just was Rose. Remarkable.