Mourning Becomes Electra

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Quintessence Theatre concludes its fourth season with Eugene O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra, a retelling of Aeschylus’ Oresteia, and like that ancient Greek drama, it is divided into thirds, chronicling the fall of a wealthy family as its secrets of the past threaten those in the present. Quintessence is presenting all three parts, digging out all the incest, adultery, murder and savage wit of O’Neill’s Mannon clan.

The human drama of a family battling among itself mirrors how America responds to war and the homecoming of its soldiers, and Quintessence has stretched the years between each of the play’s parts to allow a broader discourse on the subject in the context of the Civil War, World War II and the Korean War. (Indeed, the play runs approximately four hours and 10 minutes, with two 15-minute intermissions.) The challenge of such a huge production doesn’t deter director Alexander Burns. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” he tells PW. “The play has never been done in Philadelphia and only four times in New York. It’s one of the greatest American plays ever written, and I think people avoid it because of its scale.”

For Burns, who has loved Mourning Becomes Electra since he was a teenager, this is a dream project. It wasn’t originally slated to be one of Quintessence’s first stagings, but now, Burns says, they are ready to tackle O’Neill’s epic. “It’s the right time. We have an incredible cast. You get to go on three totally different adventures through the course of one evening.” // JARED AXELROD

Through April 27. $15-$25. Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave. quintessencetheatre.org

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Recurring: ONCE Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Recurring: ONCE Monday, April 21, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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7137 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 04/21/2014. .

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