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Death Of A Salesman
a Play
by Arthur Miller

COMPANY : New Dawn Theater [WEBSITE]
VENUE : New Dawn Theater [WEBSITE]
ID# 4134

SHOWING : October 14, 2011 - October 30, 2011



Arthur Miller's classic about the last days of Willy Loman, a failing salesman, who cannot understand how he failed to win success and happiness. Through a series of tragic soul-searching revelations of the life he has lived, we discover how his quest for the American Dream kept him blind to the people who truly loved him.

Asst. Director Lauren Noel Broussard
Director Joanie McElroy
Willy Loman J. Michael Carroll
The Woman Katy Clarke
Charley James Connor
Linda Loman Diane Dicker
Bernard Boyd Gossett
Biff Josh Henry
Howard Scott Kale
Miss Forsyth Brandi Kilgore
Uncle Ben John Laszlo
Stanley Chase McElroy
Letta/Jenny Cat Roche
Happy Joshua David Simpson
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A Classic
by playgoer
Monday, October 24, 2011
"Death of a Salesman" is a classic American play, but it's one that is rarely done in community theatre. That is probably a good thing, since the talent pool for community theatre isn't always as deep as the themes and emotions present in classic dramatic fare. In the case of New Dawn Theater Company's production, though, the talent pool and the material mesh beautifully. There's not a substandard performance in the cast, and every bit of the humor and pathos of Arthur Miller's script comes through.

When a production is as successful and consistent as this one, the director deserves a lion's share of the credit. Joanie McElroy has cast all roles with able actors and coaxed superior performances out of them all. The Willy and Linda Loman of Mike Carroll and Diane Dicker are wonderful throughout, anchoring a cast that includes the delightful Katy Clarke as Willy's Boston lady friend and the sincerely earnest Joshua David Simpson as Happy Loman. Boyd Gossett is energy personified as nerdy Bernard, and James Connor inhabits the role of Charley, his father. Josh Henry is a conflicted, intense Biff Loman, and John Laszlo gives a strong performance as Willy's older brother, Ben. Scott Kale, as Howard, is terrific in his small role, and the bit parts played by Brandi Kilgore, Cat Roche, and Chase McElroy also hit the mark.

The set, designed by David Harwell, encompasses two platforms with skeletal doorways, portraying two bedrooms, and a small kitchen set stage right. A small desk is moved on to suggest office scenes, and that desk and the kitchen table are covered with white tablecloths for use in the restaurant scene. It's a clever use of the scenic elements. Many references are made to "windows and bricks" surrounding the Loman house, and we see several free-hanging windows strung up at the back of the set, along with the gable of a green-shingled house. It's a fairly simple, evocative set, allowing a smooth transition from present-day reality to Willy's ruminations on past events. Costumes and props add to the overall effect.

Quite simply, this is a classic play being given a first-rate production. Arthur Miller's elegiac "Death of a Salesman" will linger in your memory long after viewing New Dawn Theater Company's production. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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