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Long Day's Journey Into Night 

When: Tuesdays-Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Continues through Sept. 5 2010
Price: $50-75
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A lot of Portlanders are going to see Artist Rep's production of Long Day's Journey into Night, starring William Hurt and presented in co-production with Australia's Sydney Theatre Company, because it's the Theater Event of the Season™. Despite this production's high-profile backstory, Long Day's Journey remains a long-ass play, and a damn difficult one—I know I wasn't the only audience member who contemplated nodding off as a way to escape Journey's relentless dysfunction. Hurt's performance is—and this is a weird thing for a local theater critic to write about an Academy Award winner—underwhelming. Compare Hurt's performance with that of Todd Van Voris', whose polished affect rubs completely off by show's end. The show's finest performance, though, comes from Australian actress Robyn Nevin—as Mary succumbs to her morphine addiction, she is incrementally transformed from a self-conscious housewife into a shambling, babbling junkie. Director Andrew Upton finds some humor in O'Neill's script, and thank God, because the level of emotional intensity here is punishing. ALISON HALLETT

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