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The Iceman Cometh

By Eugene O'Neill

"Spellbinding--soaring theater--. For purposes that stay mysterious, it sort of feels in particular relocating today."--The ny Times

Eugene O'Neill mined the tragedies of his personal existence for this depiction of a seedy, skid row saloon in 1912, peopled by means of society's mess ups: tired anarchists, failed con artists, drifters, whores, pimps, and informers. The pipe-dreaming drunks of Harry Hope's bar numb themselves with rotgut gin and make grandiose plans, whereas looking forward to the yearly visual appeal of the big-spending, fast-talking salesman, Hickey. yet this year's stopover at fails to deliver the anticipated reliable occasions, as a replaced Hickey attempts to awaken the barflies from their soothing stupor with a proselytizing message of salvation via self-knowledge.
Considered via many to be the Nobel Prize-winning playwright's most interesting paintings, The Iceman Cometh exposes the human want for phantasm as an antidote to melancholy. the hot gripping, seriously acclaimed Broadway creation, starring Kevin Spacey, has highlighted anew the subversive genius of O'Neill's play.

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