Eugene O'Neill: Bitter much?
Wed Feb 18 2009
Ah, the idle pleasures of PDF surfing. Looking over the script of Eugene O'Neill's mammoth three-play Mourning Becomes Electra as I prepare my review of the New Group's (gag) revival, I can tell you this: The words bitter, bitterly and bitterness occur a total of 52 times in the play, mostly in stage directions. That's an average of two a page. In related concordance news: Hate, hated and hatred occur 66 times. Yeah, it's a very angsty play, with buckets of oedipal rage. And it may be an American classic, but c'mon, Gene, couldn't you reach for a thesaurus?