The Hairy Ape

From the moderator: I’ve read in some British blogs that Richard Jones injected male nudity in this play. I wonder if it will remain intact in the New York version. All male characters except for the main one (which in this case is Bobby Cannavale) went au naturel.


From the press release:

Written in 1921 by Nobel Prize-winning playwright Eugene O’Neill, this iconic piece of expressionist drama is a searing social commentary of the divide between the rich and poor in the industrial age. This timeless story of class and identity gets a thrilling new life in a production by visionary director Richard Jones, who boldly reimagines his acclaimed staging at The Old Vic for the soaring Wade Thompson Drill Hall.

Tony-nominated actor Bobby Cannavale stars as Yank, the unthinking laborer who embarks on a search for a sense of belonging in a world controlled by the wealthy. His journey from the bowels of a transatlantic ocean liner to the wealthy neighborhoods of New York society literally revolves around the audience like the conveyer belt of a larger machine, serving as a metaphor for the struggle between the working man and the industrial complex found at the heart of the play. This fresh approach creates an inventive and contemporary rallying cry addressed as much to our own gilded age as to O’Neill’s that rattles the cages of capitalism.

A Park Avenue Armory and Old Vic Production

Eugene O’Neill, Playwright
Richard Jones, Director
Starring Bobby Cannavale
Stewart Laing, Designer
Aletta Collins, Choreographer
Mimi Jordan Sherin, Lighting Designer
Sarah Angliss, Sound Designer


March 25–March 29
Saturday at 8:00pm
Sunday at 5:00pm
Tuesday–Wednesday at 7:30pm
Tickets start at $30

March 30–April 22, 2017
Tuesday–Thursday at 7:30pm
Friday at 8:00pm
Saturday at 2:00pm and 8:00pm
Sunday at 2:00pm
Wednesday at 2:00pm
and 7:30pm (April 12 and 19)
Tickets start at $60

Wade Thompson Drill Hall

This performance is approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.



  1. Skip it. Cool staging, set pieces revolve around from behind the audience, but very uncomfortable hard plastic stadium seats. Only 2 ensemble members shower naked, carefully with their backs to the audience for a minute or less.

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