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Arthur, Arthur

July 03, 1994

Regarding "The Arthur Miller Method," by Jan Breslauer (June 19):

When I saw Miller's "Broken Glass" the theater was not full. And I was less than "spellbound." In fact, I found the play boring, unfocused and too long and left dissatisfied.

That is sad because I love the old Arthur Miller, who could keep an audience spellbound with plays like "Death of a Salesman," "All My Sons," "A View From the Bridge" or "The Crucible."

And I was amazed that anyone could compare Miller to Ibsen. The only resemblance I can think of is that the two playwrights supply very little action and lots of talk.

But what puzzled me is Breslauer's comment that Tony Kushner's "Perestroika" was the only other drama on Broadway. Not so.

"Medea," the 5th-Century BCplay by Euripides, was nearly sold out and was booked for its remaining 27 performances; Diana Rigg won the Tony for her performance. "An Inspector Calls," by J. B. Priestley, was also sold out and received Tonys for best play revival, its incredible staging and featured actress.

The only reason "Broken Glass" lasted as long as it did was because of Miller's fame. Such a shame to be so disappointed.

CASSANDRA SMITH

Venice

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I must say how terribly disappointed I was after reading Breslauer's article on Arthur Miller.

Can you please tell me why there was no mention of Marilyn Monroe except for stating that she was married to Miller for four years?

How can you not dive into the whole Marilyn angle? Need I remind you what a gigantic star Marilyn still is? In some circles, she is as big as Elvis.

MIKE JACOBS JR.

Sherman Oaks

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