PLAYBILL PICKS: Timeless Love Affairs on Stage

By Robert Simonson
13 Feb 2014

Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson
Photo by Carol Rosegg

Anna Christie

Eugene O'Neill is not typically thought of as a chronicler of great love. But anyone who saw the 1992 Broadway revival that brought Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson together as a real-life couple knows that that characterization is unfair. The quickly budding love between the hardened prostitute Anna Christopherson and the roughhewn sailor Matt Burke is replete of full-throated testaments of desire, tormented revelations, fiery reversals and teary forgiveness. In O'Neill's hands, true love never runs smooth.