By Arthur Miller
Directed by Terry Kinney
Roundabout Theater Company’s American Airlines Theatre
227 West 42nd Street, New York City
Limited engagement on Broadway thru May 7, 2017
Call 212.719.1300, online at roundabouttheatre.org, and in person.
By Randy Gener
NEW YORK CITY | Is it really worth re-staging Arthur Miller’s 1992 play Even? Even with Hollywood stars performing the play, has the play not lost its fervor and meaning?
That’s the question faced by Roundabout Theatre Company, which is presently running a new Broadway production of THE PRICE, directed by Steppenwolf co-founder Terry Kinney. Without question, the show has a starry cast: film actors Mark Ruffalo, Tony Shalhoub, Jessica Hecht and Danny DeVito.
This is a limited engagement through May 7, 2017 on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street).
You see, THE PRICE is an old-fashioned play that takes a fair amount of time to get going, but when it does — midway through the second act — it explodes with the thunderous moral inquiry that has earned the author a place on the Mt. Rushmore of American playwriting.
Mark Ruffalo and Jessica Hecht in THE PRICE on Broadway
THE PRICE CAST
Mark Ruffalo Victor Franz Tony Shalhoub Walter Franz Jessica Hecht Esther Franz Danny DeVito Gregory Solomon
THE PRICE CREATIVE
Arthur Miller Playwright Terry Kinney Director
Derek McLane—Set Designer
Sarah J. Holden—Costume Designer
David Weiner—Lighting Designer
Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen—Sound DesignersOne of the most personal plays by the consummate voice of the American everyman, THE PRICE slowly gears up to become a sort-of-riveting story about the struggle to make peace with the past and create hope for the future. Steppenwolf co-founder Terry Kinney (reasons to be pretty) directs.
Set in the cavernous attic of a Manhattan brownstone that’s about to be torn down, the play deals with the remnants of an estate that have been locked away for years. Two estranged middle-age brothers — one a policeman who sacrificed a career in science to care for his father who was ruined in the 1929 stock-market crash, the other a prosperous surgeon who followed his ambitions and never looked back — must come to an agreement over the sale of these heirlooms
PLOT: When the Great Depression cost his family their fortune, Victor Franz gave up his dream of an education to support his father.
Three decades later, Victor has returned to his childhood home to sell the remainder of his parents’ estate. His wife, his estranged brother, and the wily furniture dealer hired to appraise their possessions all arrive with their own agendas, forcing Victor to confront a question, long-stifled, about the value of his sacrifice.
The play builds to a standoff between the brothers, who contest each other’s version of family history. THE PRICE isn’t always meticulous in its realism and the characters often speak to one another as though they were appearing before a jury, but there’s an enthralling uncertainty to the dramatic proceedings.
Miller’s play suggests that there’s something lacking in the perspective of both men, and the gripping nature of their argument stems not from the possibility of resolution but from the difficulty of assigning value to any one point of view.
Roundabout has an extensive history with Arthur Miller, most recently presenting AFTER THE FALL in 2004 and THE MAN WHO HAD ALL THE LUCK in 2002 on the American Airlines stage. Other productions include a Tony nominated production of THE PRICE in 1992 and ALL MY SONS (1974 & 1997), THE CRUCIBLE (1989), and the Tony winning revival of A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE (1997).
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