The production opened March 18, 1976, at the Circle in the Square Theatre. The show received accolades from the New York Times' Clive Barnes; he deemed it "an exquisitely styled staging" of the Ibsen play, "enriched with almost a texture of themes." Of the cast he wrote: "The actors, particularly Miss Redgrave, walking in beauty, work their way through this oddly modern psychodrama with sure-footed conviction." The play ran for 77 performances before closing May 23, 1976.
Frank Rich began his New York Times review by proclaiming the "fusion of Vanessa Redgrave and Tennessee Williams is an artistic explosion that was bound to happen." He praised the leading lady's performance, stating that the "flashes of gut-deep humor and pain sear the night as Miss Redgrave takes complete, perhaps eternal possession of the role of Lady Torrance." The production ran for 97 performances at the Neil Simon Theatre.
The revival opened May 6, 2003, at the Plymouth Theatre. Ben Brantley raved about the "fine, soul-piercing" production and praised Redgrave's performance. "As Mary Tyrone, the morphine-addicted mother in a family at war with itself," he wrote in his New York Times review, "this astonishing actress seems to inhabit every pore of the production, as if she were the fever in the blood of Eugene O'Neill's anguished masterpiece."
The production was nominated for seven Tony Awards and won three, including Best Revival of a Play and Best Actress in a Play for Redgrave.
The production opened Oct. 25, 2010, at the John Golden Theatre. Ben Brantley remarked that stage vets Redgrave and Jones gave "responsible, intelligent performances that are infused with two old pros' joy in the mastery of their craft."
The play enjoyed an extended Broadway engagement of 180 performances, and Redgrave received her third Tony Award nomination for her work.