Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Family Drama

All My Sons
by Arthur Miller

In January 1947 Arthur Miller had his first success on the stage with the production of All My Sons.  It was an immediate and considerable success running for three hundred and twenty-eight performances while winning the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award (beating Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh) and two Tony Awards, including Best Authored Play. TimeLine Theatre Company begins their 2009-10 season with a production of this now classic play and they have another winner with this production.

The TimeLine Theatre team has matched the art of Arthur Miller with great acting to create a riveting production of All My Sons. At the center of the play is the Keller family with the father Joe, his wife Kate and son Chris given outstanding portrayals by Roger Mueller, Janet Ulrich Brooks and Erik Hellman, respectively (Erik, Janet and Cora Vander Broek, who plays Ann Deever, are seen rehearsing in the picture above). Each of these actors gave fine performances while in the second act P. J. Powers nearly steals the show with his intense interpretation of George Deever, the son of Joe's former partner. Surrounded by solid supporting actors and well-directed by Kimberly Senior, this cast demonstrates the possibilities when great drama is complemented by an ensemble of this level. The TimeLine Theatre Company continues to produce good plays exploring history and the timeless themes of the lives of the men and women who create that history.

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