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Sunday, 19 April, 2009 10:02 PM
Review: 'All My Sons' is outstanding at the Hilberry Theatre
Graphic courtesy of www.theatre.wayne.edu
"All My Sons" is playing at the Hilberry Theatre through May 16.
DETROIT -- This play is about entepreneur Joe Keller during the Great Depression. He builds engine cylinders for airplanes for the U.S. Air Force. The war made him a wealthy man. However, his partner and neighbor were imprisoned for building faulty cracked cylinders that killed 21 serviceman.
Larry, his son and pilot, has been missing in action for three years, but his high-strung wife, Kate, refuses to believe that Larry is dead. They memorialized him by planting a tree in their backyard, which a storm has uprooted. Chris, his brother, has been corresponding to Ann, which is his brother's fiancé and next door neighbor, all this time and was hoping sparks would fly. When she arrives to see him, memories of Larry come back and re-opens old wounds. Although Chris seizes the opportunity to propose to Ann.
Joe, who has this dark cloud over him ever since his neighbor was jailed, feels guilty over the whole situation, struggles to decide his self worth and goodness in his life in providing for his family and learning the value of a dollar.
They seem to live in their own little world trying to live the American Dream.
This is hailed as one of Arthur Miller's best plays. It was revived to play on Broadway which starred John Lithgow and Katie Holmes which ended its run on Jan. 11.
All My Sons is currently playing at the Hilberry Theatre on the campus of Wayne State University. It will run til May 16.
I would recommend this play. The characters are passionate and the setting is dark and stormy.
Overall Rating: A
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