Lazarus Laughed

I was amazed byLazarus Laughed Pasadena Community Playhouse, April 09, 1928
Lazarus Laughed – Eugene O’Neill in my early youth as i read the story I knew the author was autistic he painted a figure so vivid that didn’t left my mind for day as i never had known before. The fascination continued through my life about the story .
 I will quote this paragraph from a review to the story
Being the first man to return from the realm whose boundary is never supposed to be recrossed, the multitude hangs upon Lazarus’ words. He tells them that there is no death – only God’s eternal laughter. That is the burden of the whole play. The succeeding scenes represent a series of tests by the Jews, Romans and Greeks to try Lazarus’ faith.             In turn the various members of his family are taken from him, but he continues ever to laugh, even to the end when Emperor Tiberius has him burned at the stake.
O’Neill’s point seems to be to be to demolish the idea of the grim reaper of time-honored Christian theology.     Men may die, he infers, but Man never does; wherefore life is eternal. Continuous laughter is the symbol. It runs throughout the entire play, not always being convincing, and at times even sounding forced to the point of silliness. Whether Lazarus Laughed is all that O’Neill enthusiasts claim for it time alone can tell.             Some hail it as the greatest philosophical drama since Goethe’s Faust. Only 100 years hence will determine that

 

 

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