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Postby onepence » Mon Aug 21, 2006 12:27 am

O’Neill’s ‘Marco Millions’ is still on the money

By Scott Harrah ... marco.html

“Marco Millions,” a poetic, floridly written satire of the 13th century Asian travels of Italian explorer Marco Polo, is one of Eugene O’Neill’s lesser known, misunderstood, and perhaps most controversial plays. It was originally produced on Broadway in 1928 with lavish costumes and a cast of 19, including the legendary Alfred Lunt. ...

With a live orchestra, a minimal set and a small but very competent cast, “Marco Millions” confronts the misunderstandings about race, class, anti-Semitism in the Middle East, Western imperialism and religious intolerance—all topics that seem ripped out of today’s headlines. ...

Theatrical historians have contended that “Marco Millions” was O’Neill’s irreverent reaction to America’s post-World War I prosperity and sense of global domination, but if anything, this is a story about Marco Polo’s misguided sensibilities in regions of the world he never quite understood. ...


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