All My Sons at The REP

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While Arthur Miller’s 1947 play was his first hit, it never attained the canonical status of The Crucible or Death of a Salesman — plays you read in high school, or else have seen the movie version.

But as an exploration of American society, All My Sons is only a cut below those works, if that. In the context of one Midwestern family, Miller locates not only the complex psychological dynamics that ground good drama, but the questions of morality that make the play resonate three generations later.


The story revolving around culpability for some defective fighter-plane parts powerfully explores the dark side of postwar American affluence. And this fine production by Point Park's professional theater company — directed by Miller’s son, Robert A. Miller — keeps you engaged for its two-plus hours. (In a brief talk at the show's opening-night reception, Miller, a frequent REP contributor, told a charming anecdote about how one of the character's quirks was based on something his own grandfather used to do.)

Here’s Ted Hoover’s formal review for City Paper.

All My Sons continues with five more shows this week through Sunday at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, in Oakland. Tickets are $13-27.

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