25 May 2023(Until 27 May)
All My Sons by Arthur Miller – New Theatre Newtown
Taking the stage of the New Theatre, 25 April – 27 May to play Joe Keller, whose story of greed and weakness is the centre of Arthur Miller’s 1947 play, ‘All My Sons’.
A play about greed, corruption and cowardice, All My Sons is more relevant today as it was in 1947.
Arthur Miller was the playwright who also wrote the emblemic ‘Death of a Salesman’ and ‘The Crucible’.
In the aftermath of World War Two, Joe and Kate Keller appear to be the perfect Middle American couple: he’s a successful businessman and she’s a home-maker. Together, they’re the embodiment of the American Dream.
But there are cracks in the façade. Joe escaped a wartime charge of supplying defective parts to combat planes by letting his partner take the blame. Now he’s living with the guilt, and about to be confronted by the consequences of his actions.
Larry, their younger son and his parent’s favourite, was declared missing in action during the war, but three years later, Kate stubbornly refuses to accept his death.
Then older son Chris announces that he plans to marry Larry’s fiancée, in part as a way of attempting to win the love of the father he idolizes.
But instead of reconciliation, old wounds are opened, and the bitter recriminations that ensue expose painful and unforgivable truths.
Arthur Miller’s searing drama of a family in crisis, written in 1946, was also a scathing indictment of post-war America. Half a century later, it is still devastatingly relevant.
Preview Tue 25 Apr 7:30pm
Opening Night Wed 26 Apr 7:30pm
Thu – Sat 7:30pm, Sun 5pm
Final performance Sat 27 May 2pm
Running time: to be advised
Please note: latecomers will be admitted during a suitable break in the performance
Concessions, Groups (6+) $30
New Theatre Members $22
Thrifty Thursdays $22