American Tragedies

All My Sons was Arthur Miller's first great play. Originally published and performed in 1947, it was the beginning of Miller's 20 years of relentless brilliance -- 20 years in which he explored the dimensions and mapped the fracture points of the human conscience and community in intricate plays -- Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, The Price -- that imbued ordinary lives with the grandeur or Greek tragedy. All My Sons takes place on a postwar suburban street in America, where the households are shadowed by an old guilt. Deaths that occurred an ocean away continue to rend the lives of mostly ordinary Americans, who at Palm Beach Dramaworks are breathed into life by a huge and awesome cast, including Nanique Gheridian, Jim Ballard, Cliff Burgess, and Margery Lowe. There's no better place than Dramaworks to see Miller up-close -- the little theater with the big production values puts the audience in the middle of the action, making Miller's big, crazy America seem as real and vital as our own. Dramaworks is located at 201 Clematis St., Palm Beach. All My Sons runs through December 11. Tickets are on sale at and cost $55 (less with a subscription).
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: Nov. 12. Continues through Dec. 11, 2011
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Brandon K. Thorp