Mourning Becomes Electra

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Royal National Theatre, 1992 - English drama - 162 pages
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A trilogy of full-length plays reworking themes from Greek tragedy, particularly the Oresteia of Aeschylus, relocated to New England in 1865, just after the end of the Civil War.

Lavinia Mannon (Electra) dotes on her father Ezra (Agamemnon), who has just returned victorious from the war, and despises her mother Christine (Clytemnestra) – especially since Catherine has been making a cuckold of Ezra with Lavinia's ex-suitor, Adam. Lavinia's brother Orin (Orestes), on the other hand, war-wounded and weak, idolises his mother and resents his overbearing father. When Christine and her lover poison Ezra, Lavinia convinces her brother that they must avenge their father's death. But they have spent years soaking in family conflicts and curses of generations past, and fate will be sated...

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Review: Mourning Becomes Electra

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O'Neil has re-told the story from Greek myth 'curse on the house of Atreus', and modernized it according to our times , Lavinia is Electra, Orestes is Orin, Ezra Manon is Agamemnon , Christine is ... Read full review

Review: Mourning Becomes Electra

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This play is really fascinating, especially if you are familiar with the Oresteia. (I'd suggest reading that first if you haven't.) But, oh my god, O'Neill's stage directions are just too much for me sometimes. I'd really like to see this on stage, though. Read full review

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Eugene O'Neill was the first American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, and at the time of his death in 1951 had written over twenty plays.

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