Friday, March 17, 2017
In addition to the much lauded local production of Arthur Miller's All My Sons, recently produced by Ferndale Rep and Arcata Playhouse, directed by Jane Hill, there is currently a Broadway revival of Miller's play The Price. President Obama attended a performance with his daughter Malia. The last time The Price was in New York was in 1992, when the playwright was alive. It was the occasion for this interview with Charlie Rose. Much of what he says about American theatre still pertains (though perhaps the quality of older actors in regional theatre is better), and what he says about playwriting and the role of theatre in society is perennially relevant.
It seems also that Miller's stature as an American playwright continues to grow. Both The Crucible and Death of a Salesman are produced frequently around the world by professional theatres as well as others. In an American Theatre interview, contemporary playwright Theresa Rebeck said, "I have a theory that anyone who ends up with a career in the theatre was in either Our Town or The Crucible in high school or college."
Now other of his better known plays like The Price, All My Sons and A View From the Bridge are being done more often as well. But Miller wrote other fine plays, including some shorter works with small casts late in his career. These are at least as stageworthy as many such contemporary plays, and deserve to be seen.