After four hours on stage in “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” the divine Vanessa Redgrave walked into Tavern on the Green and let it be known, “I’m dying to sit down!”
She deserved the rest. Her Mary Tyrone was the performance of the 2002-03 season.
“Journey” marks only her third Broadway production, and there’s little doubt why. During intermission, the actress’s outre politics dominated several conversations.
Redgrave demurred on that subject. “I take what I’m offered,” she said of her infrequent B’way appearances.
Director Robert Falls admitted, “I’ve never seen this play on stage.” Film and TV versions, yes. Ignorance made for theater bliss on this occasion. “It takes away the awe. You approach it as if it has never been done before.”
For his part, Brian Dennehy wouldn’t say which role he preferred, James Tyrone or Willie Loman, his last Broadway turn.
“Arthur Miller is here!” he revealed. “You don’t think I’m going to answer that?”