Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Previously filmed (and truncated) in 1932, Eugene O'Neill's marathon 1928 Pulitzer-winning stage drama Strange Interlude was adapted for television in 1988. Broadcast in three 90-minute installments, the nine-act play covers some 25 years in the life of New England woman Nina Leeds (Glenda Jackson). When her fiance is killed in World War I, Nina becomes a nurse in a veterans hospital, where she makes the acquaintance of Dr. Ned Darrell (David Dukes) and farmer's son Sam Evans (Ken Howard). She chooses to marry the steadfast but dull Evans, then is advised by his mother (Rosemary Harris) that there is a streak of insanity in the family. Desperate for an heir, Nina sleeps with Dr. Darrell...and so it goes for the next quarter century, with Nina's secret admirer Charlie Marsden (Edward Petheridge) anguishing on the sidelines. The reason Strange Interlude takes 4 1/2 hours is because of O'Neill's "interior monologues," wherein the characters pause every so often to speak out their thoughts for the benefit of the audience (but not for each other). Strange Interlude was first telecast in the US on three consecutive segments of PBS' American Playhouse in January and February of 1988.
woman, life, unfulfilled, family-member, doctor, farmer's-son, love, nurse