The Quintessence Theater Group is giving a good account of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night, through Oct. 22. This autobiographical family tragedy is hard to do well — four hours of theater, self-indulgent, hairy, and repetitious. But under the direction of Alexander Burns, an able cast makes it happen. E. Ashley Izard gives a blistering, shattering performance as materfamilias Mary Tyrone, whose spiral into madness and addiction is pulling all down with her.
Quintessence specializes in classics done in an intimate space. Here, that approach really works. The spare set, designed by Burns, follows the exact dimensions of the living room at the O’Neill family summer home, Monte Cristo, in New London, Conn., and the claustrophobia is palpable. No escape, indeed.
Long Day's Journey into Night. Through Oct. 22 at the Quintessence Theatre Group, Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave. Tickets:
$30 weekdays; $35 weekends; $15 students.