Academic journal article The Arthur Miller Journal

Death of a Salesman

Academic journal article The Arthur Miller Journal

Death of a Salesman

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Symposium on the 2012 Broadway Revival of Death of a Salesman

Death of a Salesman

Ethel ? anymore Theatre, New York City

Previews: February 13 through March 14, 2012

Opened: March 15, 2012 Closed: June 2, 2012

Directed by Mike Nichols

Editor's Note: As on other occasions, we are delighted to be able to bring to you an assortment of reactions to the latest big name Miller revival on Broadway from a variety of critics, professors, students, and teachers. The first piece offers an overview of several of the key past productions to give everything a firmer context. While this Salesman was the hottest ticket of the season and broke all box-office records, our reviewers were less easy to please. While most found something they enjoyed, the only points of agreement seem to have been in the beauty of the set (a thoughtful homage to the original Mielziner design), and the fine performance by Finn Wittrock as Happy (perhaps he should have been the one nominated for a Tony!). The remaining lead actors appear to have had both strengths and weaknesses, which vary according to the witness and performance attended. Admittedly, many of these reviews were written during the preview period; some even reflect an expectation that several of the more egregious errors in direction/performance would be ironed out later in the run. …

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