Theater audiences in the Low Countries in the fall of 2013 had the opportunity to see two concurrent productions of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night: a condensed adaptation directed by Peter Monsaert for Theater Antigone, Kortrijk, and a more traditional one directed by Ivo van Hove for Toneelgroep Amsterdam. Starting from the directorial concepts and scenographies of both productions, for which respectively Giovanni Vanhoenacker and Jan Versweyveld designed, this article explores earlier theater historical models and contemporary influences (Irving, Yeats, and Ibsen) in order to elucidate these productions' readjustments of O'Neill's tragic dramaturgy.

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