Death of a Salesman | Redtwist Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Kimberly Loughlin

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 26 2017
Price: $30-$35, $25-$30 students and seniors
A fine cast under Steve Scott’s direction for Redtwist delivers a moving, emotionally intimate rendition of Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer-winning 1949 masterpiece—the story of a Brooklyn family whose belief in an illusory American dream (in which being “well liked” is the key to happiness in “the greatest country in the world”) has locked them into destructive patterns of denial and dishonesty. Scott’s bare-bones, alley-style staging places Miller’s tragedy in arm’s reach of the audience. The 13-person ensemble—including Brian Parry as failed traveling salesman Willy Loman, Jan Ellen Graves as his anxious wife, Linda, and Matt Edmonds as his alienated, disillusioned son Biff—respond with an unaffected honesty that places the playwright’s sometimes preachy critique of capitalism (a system that feeds people false values and discards them when they can’t measure up) in its necessary heartbreaking emotional context. —Albert Williams


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