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The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O'Neill

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By Eugene O'Neill

"Spellbinding--soaring theater--. For purposes that stay mysterious, it kind of feels particularly relocating today."--The big apple 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 anticipating the once a year visual appeal of the big-spending, fast-talking salesman, Hickey. yet this year's stopover at fails to convey the anticipated stable occasions, as a replaced Hickey attempts to awaken the barflies from their soothing stupor with a proselytizing message of salvation via self-knowledge.
                              
Considered through many to be the Nobel Prize-winning playwright's best paintings, The Iceman Cometh exposes the human desire for phantasm as an antidote to depression. the hot gripping, severely acclaimed Broadway creation, starring Kevin Spacey, has highlighted anew the subversive genius of O'Neill's play.

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The heady odour was like the sandalwood of a girl's thighs. His eyes rolled in ecstasy; Nirvana was close. Finally, he turned round to confront her. She stood there, more naked and vulnerable than ever. He gasped as he beheld her smooth skin, inhaled the pungent scent of her body. She had changed her colour, just for him: she was a redhead now. He smiled and embraced her and carried her over to the table. Forcing her down onto the chopping board, he cut her head off with a single neat stroke. Then he sliced the rest of her body into thin strips.

Maybe he had forgotten his lines in the excitement, or perhaps he was simply waiting for us to finish before returning to his monologue. He fell silent, yes, but he kept grinning, a wide floating smile in the dusk, and this was his fatal error. It seemed an admission of guilt. In our minds now, he was this farcical superhero, this implausible mutant, and for an unknown reason he was opposed to us, radiating harm from his hub of power. The pause was brief. Invisible and nonexistent arms snaked out from the stage and violated us.

Why make a gesture of friendship to the man or woman you are already embracing? When the moon sinks down over the opposite horizon, and the sun spreads its orange nets once more, we end with a remote and beautiful chord. I sink exhausted back onto my bed and sleep the sleep of the satiated. I know that I will never be able to play another note on the amplified trombone. I will have to dismantle my instrument and create something new from the brassy tubes. All this applies in equal measure to my neighbour.

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