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Death Of A Salesman
Be it movies, theater shows, or books - if there’s one thing that’s been done over and over is “the American Dream.” And when it comes to theater, nothing depicts it better than Death of a Salesman.
A narrative by Arthur Miller, this play deals with the darker side or sad reality of the American Dream and the price people pay for its actualization.
Reliving the American Dream
The production has seen around 742 performances ever since it premiered in February 1949. It also has been revived four times, bagging even a Tony for Best Play Revival. Its realistic depiction of the trials of Willy Loman also makes it to intellectual discussions among students, professors, and even theater lovers.
The first Broadway run was directed under the aegis of Eliza Kazan, with Kermit Bloomgarden and Walter Fried handling the production department. The dynamic group and their dedication to the production helped them bag Pulitzer for Best Drama and numerous Tony Awards in 1949.
Two Act Tragedy
The plot on surface-level deals with the life of a waning salesman, Willy Loman, who is trying to keep up with the fast pace of life and cutthroat competitions. However, his ordinary life is beautifully compared to a Greek Tragedy by Miller, as the whole narration keeps comparing him to Greek Warriors like Hercules and Adonis.
Apart from this, the depiction of everyday American life resonates with the typical Broadway audience. It has tragedy, suffering, betrayal, infidelity, and monologues that keep you glued to your seats.
The two-act tragedy opens with Willy’s Funeral and several characters discussing the circumstances of his life. As the plot progresses, you will see the reality versus the made-up narrations of the circumstances becoming clearer.
Now, the real essence of the play can’t be summed up by mere discussions over here. Death of a Salesman is a fantastic experience you must have at least once in your life. You will find how Miller hits the spot with memorable characters.