May 26, 1986 |
With faulty O-rings and leaky reactors in the news, Arthur Miller's "All My Sons" (1947) becomes a pertinent play all over again. Bill Bushnell's staging for the Los Angeles Theatre Center has some design flaws of its own, however. This was Miller's first successful play, written in reaction to the official optimism of the day. America was feeling good about itself in the late-1940s, having rid the world of the arch-villain, Hitler, without losing its innocence.
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April 16, 2003 |
David Schall, whose dual passions for acting and Christianity led him to launch the Actors Co-op theater troupe in Hollywood and to run programs aimed at helping Christians succeed in the entertainment world, has died. He was 53. Officials at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood said Schall suffered a massive heart attack in his car outside the church Friday. He was taken by ambulance to Queen of Angels Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
February 7, 1996 |
Arthur Miller's "All My Sons" is a powerhouse in Elina deSantos' staging at the Odyssey Theatre. This post-World War II tale of a small-town manufacturer who had been accused of a home-front scandal has been criticized for its melodramatics involving a long-concealed letter. But at the Odyssey, such objections wither away in the face of the play's searing emotional power and its examination of human beings' responsibilities to each other.
September 23, 1988 |
There was a point Thursday night when El Segundo High threatened to run Garey off the Mt. Antonio College football field. But the rout never materialized and turned into a thriller, which was finally won by the Eagles, 21-13. The El Segundo Eagles took a 14-point lead in the second quarter and drove nearly every time they touched the ball. But the Garey defense stiffened in the second half and El Segundo had to hold on for the victory.
February 29, 2000 |
If anyone questions the inclusion of Arthur Miller's "All My Sons" in South Coast Repertory's American Classics series, Martin Benson's penetrating production should dispel any doubts. Benson's staging of Miller's first Broadway hit (1947) is simply stated yet intricately crafted--much like the play itself, a searing chronicle of a nuclear family's realization that the larger human family also matters.
May 7, 2002 |
A father raises his two sons to bask in the promise of the 20th century American dream. But the dream falls apart, accompanied by aching guilt, bitter anger, searing recriminations. Yes, we're in Arthur Miller territory. And three small L.A. theaters are exploring this particular corner of Millerland--the father-and-two-sons plays. Interact Theatre is offering a wrenching production of Miller's masterpiece, "Death of a Salesman."