The Price is playing at the American Airline Theatre located at 227 West 42nd Street. It runs two hours fifteen minutes with one intermission. The play closes on May 7, 2017.
The play was written by Arthur Miller in 1968. It premiered on Broadway at the Morosco Theatre on February 7, 1968 where it played until production moved to the 46th Street Theatre on November 18, 1968. The played closed on February 15, 1969 after 429 performances. It was nominated for two Tony Awards in 1968, Best Play and Best Scenic Design.
Terry Kinney is the director. He is known for his role as Emerald City Creator Tim McManus in HBO’s prison drama Oz.
Derek Mclane is the scenic designer. He was nominated for four Tony Awards for Anything Goes (2011), Ragtime (2010), 33 Variations (2009) and Pajama Game (2006). Derek was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Anything Goes (2011).
Mark Ruffalo won a primetime Emmy for The Normal Heart (20120.
Tony Shalhoub is known for his role as Adrian Monk from 2002-2009.
Danny DeVito is known for his role Louie DePalma in ABC series taxi.
The time is the fall of 1969.
Victor Frank (Mark Ruffalo) enters a room with furniture. He is a police sergeant. As he removes the cover of the furniture, things bring back memories. His wife Esther (Jessica Hecht) arrives at the apartment. We get the impression she has a drinking problem. The furniture was his parents and was moved up to the top floor. The building is being demolished and he has to sell it. He hasn’t spoken to his brother in sixteen years. Victor has been trying to talk to Walter (Tony Shalhob) to let him know what is happening but hasn’t heard from him. The family fortune changed in the stock market crash in the 30’s.
He resents his brother for him having to quit school to take care of their father.
Esther goes to the cleaners.
Victor is waiting for the furniture dealer Gregory Solomon (Danny Devito). When he comes he keeps stalling on giving him a price. He tells him he is 90 and may not live to see all the furniture sold. Esther comes back. They agree on $1,100. As he starts to gives him the money Walter shows up.
Act 2 deals with Victor and Walter having it out. Walter is a successful doctor and is well off. While Victor is struggling to make ends meet. Each is giving their interpretation on what happened and what cause their drifting apart.
This is a well done production worth seeing.
All the actors were amazing. The only problem was I couldn’t hear Mark Ruffalo at times. I wasn’t the only one.
The set was admirable. There was a couple of pieces of furniture I wouldn’t have mind buying.
Review by Rozanna Radakovich.
Photos by Annazor.
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