Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning tragedy of a salesman’s deferred American dream
 
Ever since it was first performed in 1949, Death of a Salesman has been recognized as a milestone of the American theater. In the person of Willy Loman, the aging, failing salesman who makes his living riding on a smile and a shoeshine, Arthur Miller redefined the tragic hero as a man whose dreams are at once insupportably vast and dangerously insubstantial. He has given us a figure whose name has become a symbol for a kind of majestic grandiosity—and a play that compresses epic extremes of humor and anguish, promise and loss, between the four walls of an American living room.

"By common consent, this is one of the finest dramas in the whole range of the American theater." —Brooks Atkinson, The New York Times

"So simple, central, and terrible that the run of playwrights would neither care nor dare to attempt it." —Time
 

About Arthur Miller

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Arthur Miller was born in New York City in 1915 and studied at the University of Michigan. His plays include All My Sons (1947), Death of a Salesman (1949), The Crucible (1953), A View from the Bridge and A Memory of Two Mondays (1955), After the Fall (1963), Incident at Vichy (1964), The Price (1968), The Creation of the World and Other Business (1972) and The American Clock. He has also written two novels, Focus (1945), and The Misfits, which was filmed in 1960, and the text for In Russia (1969), Chinese Encounters (1979), and In the Country (1977), three books of photographs by his wife, Inge Morath. More recent works include a memoir, Timebends (1987), and the plays The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (1991), The Last Yankee (1993), Broken Glass (1993), which won the Olivier Award for Best Play of the London Season, and Mr. Peter's Connections (1998). His latest book is On Politics and the Art of Acting. Miller was granted with the 2001 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He has twice won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and in 1949 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.Christopher Bigsby is professor of American Studies at the University of East Anglia. He edited the Penguin Classics editions of Miller's The Crucible, Death of a Salesman, and All My Sons.
 
Published May 1, 1998 by Penguin Classics. 144 pages
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Examiner

The Kansas City Repertory Theatres production of “Death of a Salesman”, by renowned playwright Arthur Miller, opened Friday night Jan. 25 at the Spencer Theater on the University of Missouri at Kansas City campus.

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Entertainment Weekly

The most vibrant musical talent on display is that of Bernadette Peters, starring as the pistol-packin' Annie Oakley in director Graciela Daniele's immensely enjoyable update of Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun, the show with an indestructible score, including ''There's No Business Like Show B...

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Entertainment Weekly

This is the rare production with an enviably deep bench: Even seemingly throwaway roles like Loman's boss (Remy Auberjonois) and his paramour on the road (Molly Price) make an indelible impression.

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The Telegraph

Even Vauxhall's griffin badge has been given a make-over for the new Insignia, but are we still building cars for salesmen in the 21st century?

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Huffington Post

Loman, for example, is fired by the son of his old boss, a younger man who is too distracted by his fascinating new tape recorder to care much about the pathetic man in front of him – a prescient nod to our fragmented, technophile lives.

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Dallas News

In the play's great final scene, Hennigan invests the famous lines about a salesman's life with a lyrical passion worthy of Sophocles or Shakespeare.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Attention must be paid," says the most famous line in a play famous less for its lines than its central idea.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

/ Decorated WWII vet, hydroplane racer, community leader Obituary: Roger Ebert / TV viewers gave 'thumbs up' to film critic Brush with Roberto is locked ...

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Oregon Live

In his presentation of Willy, Miller shows us both Willy in the world and the world in Willy.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

DEATH OF A SALESMAN 4 stars Belvoir, June 27 Until August 19 According to one used car buyer’s guide, the mid-nineties Ford Falcon – like the one so prominently parked on Belvoir’s stage for the entirety of this production – is one of those sales fleet staples whose “sturdy fundamentals ...

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Chron.com

Arthur Miller‘s Pulitzer-Prize winning Death of a Salesman (1949) is the kind of theatre experience that requires the audience to come into the theatre well rested and thoughtfully prepared to take this three-hour long day’s journey into night.

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NY Daily News

But listen to how she always says Willy’s name — rolling those l’s together — and it’s clear she loves saying it.

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Chicago Tribune

In one of the pivotal scenes in "Death of a Salesman," the great Arthur Miller drama from 1949, Willy Loman, a single-company traveling salesman of some 36 years standing, must beg for his job from his old boss' son Howard, whom he remembers as a baby he helped name.

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Austin Chronicle

Hell if there are many figures in American drama more tragic than Willy Loman.

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Austin Chronicle

On a stage filled with varied playing levels and painted with splashy autumn colors evoking fallen leaves (in fact, the set eventually is covered with such leaves), panels hanging above, pressing down upon the characters, we watch Michael Costello's salesman Willy Loman wander through his dying w...

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The New Zealand Herald

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North Jersey

Wittrock is efficient as the slick, womanizing Happy, and John Glover does what he can with the odd role of Ben, Willy's raffish, long-lost older brother who made a fortune in Africa, and keeps popping up in Willy's fevered mind as an example of what Willy might have become.

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North Jersey

So, you wonder, why does son Biff speak so differently from the others, in the patchy revival of Arthur Miller's great 1949 drama that opened Thursday night at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre?

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Spirituality & Practice

When Willy is fired from his job, Charley (Charles Durning), a long-time friend and neighbor, offers him employment but Willy refuses.

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Time Out New York

Dustin Hoffman's Willy Loman is a hard-working actor playing old;

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LA Times

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Jeffrey DeMunn may not be an obvious choice for Willy Loman, the protagonist of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman,” but he manages to assemble the character with his own distinctive qualities in Pam MacKinnon’s solid, if unusually stern, revival at the Old Globe.

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LA Times

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The Great Recession is the unbilled star of Mike Nichols’ Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” — the scene-stealing specter, invisible but ever-present, that gives the production its ferocious relevance more than 60 years after the play’s birth.

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The Hollywood Reporter

Venue: Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York (runs through June 2) Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Linda Emond, Andrew Garfield, Finn Wittrock, Fran Kranz, Bill Camp, John Glover, Remy Auberjonois, Glenn Fleshler, Stephanie Janssen, Brad Koed, Kathleen McNenny, Elizabeth Morton, Molly Price Director:...

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Project MUSE

The Reilly now houses state of the art sound and lighting equipment, a removable wooden floor, movable seating to accommodate changing stage arrangements, a lobby, offices, and cast facilities.

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Project MUSE

The curtain opened to reveal a bilevel stage cluttered with objects, signs, and messages, and although the stage mirrored the program notes in terms of visual complexity, it was a stage based on a realist rather than an epic theatrical aesthetic.

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Broad Street Review

BY: Carol Rocamora 03.27.2012 Mike Nichols’s loving production, historically meticulous in every detail, plays curiously more like a museum piece than a fresh, dynamic new e...

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The Paris Review

He was quite active in local affairs but less so in recent years.The film screenings were quite interesting-Mia Farrow introduced Rosemary’s Baby and Frank McCourt did Angela’s Ashes-all local residents.

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Crikey

Stone flatters us, almost cajoling with his directorial decisions, coaching ‘go on, you can do it!’ So it’s we, the audience, that’s left to do the translation and adaptation.

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TheaterMania

The truly successful men with whom Willy interacts--his boss Howard (Steve Pickering), his neighbor Charlie (Howard Witt), and his neighbor's son Bernard (Richard Thompson)--are all enacted here with enormous intelligence and compassion: their homely groundedness makes for a bitter contrast with ...

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TheaterMania

If Willy Loman were named Willy Loudman, Charles S.

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TheaterMania

(© Brigitte Lacombe for New York Magazine) Since Arthur Miller is unquestionably one of the greatest 20th-century American playwrights and Mike Nichols is arguably the greatest living American theater director, it's not surprising that the words which instantly spring to mind for Nichols' cu...

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