Strange Interlude

Strange Interlude is at the same time a melodramatic portrait, a comic strip, an opera, a documentary, a family soap and on top a sharp criticism on all these genres. The human psyche is tarnished. The entire male carousel runs away with itself. The family is exposed as an inferno. Moreover Perceval casts a critical eye on the catholic Flemish mentality which restricts life instead of allowing its freedom. All this is brought on stage in all its brusque multiplicity. Strange Interlude is a five hour O'Neill soap opera. O'Neill conjures up man's eternal dilemmas and is seen as the precursor of all great theatre big shots such as Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller.