Theater News Online
free issue
London Theatre Reviews
NY Theater Reviews
LTN Recommendations
NYTN Recommendations
Book Reviews
Movie Reviews
London Theatre Archives
NY Theater Archives
Latest New York News
Latest London News
NY News Archives
London News Archives
Peter Filichia's Monday Quiz
Dining and Travel
London Theatre Listings
NY Broadway Listings
Off-Broadway Listings
London Tickets
Advertise with us

Give a Gift


Adagio Teas
   Features  >  NY Theater Reviews

at American Airlines Theatre


  (L to R) Benjamin Walker, Tracy Letts, Annette Bening and Hampton Fluker/ Ph: Joan Marcus

Arthur Miller delivered a powerful message about the dangers of capitalism in his Tony Award-winning 1947 drama All My Sons. Seven decades later, with Donald Trump in the White House and “democratic socialism” being the key phrase among many of the 2020 presidential hopefuls, Miller’s cautionary tale-cum-family drama resonated – perhaps more strongly than ever – in Jack O’Brien’s superb revival for the Roundabout Theatre Company. Moreover, instead of forcing this parallel, O’Brien wisely let Miller’s prescient words speak for themselves by putting them in the mouths of some of America’s finest actors.

As Joe Keller, who “murdered” numerous military pilots (including his own son) during World War II, Tracy Lettsdisplayed a slightly crusty, gruff charm that cleverly hid the darker aspects of his personality. And when Letts finally imploded and exploded later in the play, after being forced to wake up and accept responsibility for his actions, the aftermath was both terrifying and heartbreaking, especially as it shattered the core of his adoring, surviving son Chris, superbly portrayed by Benjamin Walker.

Still, the production’s true revelation came from Annette Bening as Kate Keller. Not only did O’Brien subtly make us realize how each character’s actions and reactions are essentially responses to Kate’s moods, but the way Bening constantly signals, even when she smiles, that Kate has lost the strength to keep acting the parts she’s been assigned – the mourning mother and the supposedly innocent wife – is a triumph of great acting.


SUBSCRIBE TO New York Theater News
SUBSCRIBE TO London Theater News

Yes, Prime Minister contracts its run, while A Chorus Line expands its own.
POWERHOUSE OF THEATRE - After 11 years as the Almeida Theatre's artistic director, Michael Attenborough is stepping down to focus on directing. 

SONGS FROM THE HEART - Once the Tony-Award winning musical is set to hit London in January.

Wine, Fruit, and Gourmet Gift Baskets.
Privacy Notice   |   Front Page
Copyright © All Rights Reserved.