"Beyond the Horizon" (Eclipse Theatre): Pulitzer Prize Puts Happiness Out of Reach

"Beyond the Horizon" (Eclipse Theatre):  Pulitzer Prize Puts Happiness Out of Reach

Suppose I was to tell you that it’s just beauty that’s calling me, the beauty of the far off and unknown, the mystery and spell which lures me, the need of freedom of great wide spaces, the joy of wandering on and on—-in quest of the secret which is hidden over there—-beyond the horizon?”     ― Eugene O’NeillBeyond the Horizon

#59.  Eclipse Theatre Company presents the first offering in their Eugene O’Neill 2012 SeasonBeyond the Horizon.  Andy is a farmer.  Rob is a poet.  Andy wants to till the soil and establish roots.  Rob wants to travel and explore new places.  The brothers‘ plans are in motion.  But on the eve of Rob’s departure, he confesses his love to the girl-next-door, Ruth.  To Rob’s surprise, Ruth loves him too.  She convinces him to give up his dreams and become a farmer.  He romantically agrees.  When Andy hears Rob is giving up his dreams for Ruth, he decides he must give up his dreams for Ruth too.  Andy loves Ruth.  To escape his broken heart, he leaves his beloved home and sets sail on Rob’s journey.  Can a farmer find satisfaction at sea?  Can a poet stop writing and start plowing?  Beyond the Horizon places happiness just out of reach.

Check out the rest of my review at Chicago Theater Beat.

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