Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms

STAGE REVIEW: Red-hot 'Desire Under the Elms' ignites Broadway

NEW YORK - Don't look for elms on stage. There aren't any. But desire is front and center in the blistering revival of Eugene O'Neill's "Desire Under the Elms" that has barreled its way into Broadway's St. James Theatre.

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Desire Under the Elms

As he did with his groundbreaking 1999 revival of Death of a Salesman, Robert Falls shatters expectations and forces us to rethink an American classic. His new production of Eugene O'Neill's 1924 Desire Under the Elms, now on Broadway after a run at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, defies popular conceptions of the play and O'Neill's work in general.

Desire Under the Elms

Nobody could accuse Robert Falls of taking the safe route with "Desire Under the Elms." As in Simon McBurney's "All My Sons" revival earlier this season, the director layers on bold auteurial flourishes in a stylized bid to fire up the molten Greek tragedy in a naturalistic American drama.