ALL MY SONS

By Arthur Miller (St. Louis Shakespeare Company)

Northcott's Kate is the weakest portrayal onstage, perhaps most hampered by Zoth's rush to completion. She hasn't found her character and is nowhere near the depths of this deeply suffering woman. When the lie that she and Joe have perpetuated is revealed, she acts more like a bickering wife than a wounded soul.

All My Sons is, as legendary producer Harold Clurman described it, "built." Miller's play survives the significant lapses in this production, as does his anger, appropriate for an America grown even more complacent, even more smug — one that can send its sons and daughters into battle without sacrificing a thing, without any ideals at all.

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