All My Sons

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Winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best New Play, and recipient of numerous Tony Awards, this electrifying family drama remains as timely as it is timeless.

Arthur Miller’s Tony Award Winning "All My Sons" first opened in 1947. It was inspired by a story from an Ohio Newspaper on an aircraft factory’s troubled contracts during WWII. The entire play takes place over one day in the yard of the Midwestern home of the Keller’s in August 1946. Kate, Joe and Chris Keller’s home is a neighborhood hub, on this day the expected and unexpected return of two former neighbors, Ann and George, stir up the secrets of the past and expose who is family and how we justify the sacrifice we make for family.

Miller placed “the common man” at the center of his tragic stories. “The quality in such plays (tragedies) shake us…from the underlying fear of being displaced. Among us today this fear is as strong, and perhaps stronger, than it ever was. In fact, it is the common man who knows this fear,” said Miller (1949).

Directed by Elina de Santos, the cast includes Amy-Helene Carlson (as Ann), Terry Davis (as Kate Keller), Enzo De Angelis (as Bert), Richard Fancy (as Joe Keller), Rick Garrison (as Frank), Tania Getty (as Sue), Jason Huber (as Jim), Scott Jackson (as George), Jennifer Pollono (as Lydia), and Marc Valera (as Chris).

Creative Team includes Dillon G. Artzer (Scenic Design), Christopher Moscatiello (Sound Design), Matt Richter (Lighting Design), Jennifer Pollono (Costume Design).

Pacific Resident Theatre is nationally recognized as one of the top regional theaters on the West Coast. The company presents works of the highest quality, in order to entertain, inform and educate its multicultural community. In addition to the company’s commitment to rediscover the rarely performed classics, PRT is focused on fostering and developing new works through the collaboration of an artistic ensemble influenced by societal relevance, past, present and future. Pacific Resident Theatre promotes the theatre arts by providing opportunities for artists and craftsmen to develop and enrich their skills.

All My Sons runs Thursday – Saturday at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm, and Saturdays at 2pm on 10/5, 10/19 (Exception – Sunday, September 29th performance will be at 7pm). Closing on Friday, November 15, 2019. Pacific Resident Theatre is located at 703 Venice Blvd., in Venice, CA 90291. Tickets are $29 and can be purchased online at http://www.pacificresidenttheatre.com or by calling (310) 822-8392.

 

Reviews

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As illusions shatter, the bare-knuckle confrontations are riveting in De Santos’ well-paced staging, which heightens the intensity but proves problematic for some aspects of the play.

sweet-sour - Philip Brandes - LA Times - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal

All My Sons is a classic. It was made into a film in 1948, and again in 1987. It allows for very dramatic acting, and keeps an audience's interest throughout.

sweet - Carol Kaufman Segal - Carol's Culture Corner - ...read full review


Joan Alperin

THE SINS OF THE FATHER
There’s no doubt that Arthur Miller’s 1947 play All My Sons is an astonishing piece of theater. Not only is the writing brilliant, but the themes addressed are timeless and important. It’s difficult to imagine how the play could possibly be improved. It is based on a true story which appeared in an Ohio newspaper. The news story described how in 1941-43 the Wright Aeronautical Corporation based in Ohio had conspired with army inspection officers to approve defective aircraft engines destined for military use. It is amazing that Miller managed to pack so much drama into a play that takes place in the space of one day. Even if you’ve seen this classic play before, you would do well to go back; it still packs a punch, as proved by Pacific Resident Theatre’s moving and powerful production.

sweet - Joan Alperin - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


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This production, sensitively directed by Elina de Santos, finds every nuance of Miller’s brilliant script. De Santos accurately described the play as “”timeless and timely” when she introduced the performance.

Spot-on scenic design by Dillon G. Artzer makes remarkable use of a small stage. As the clear-eyed father trying to salvage normalcy for his family, Richard Fancy leads the cast with an awe-inspiring performance. Supporting players add context but it’s the family and Ann who are given the most to do and, here on Venice Boulevard, they deliver in spades.

sweet - Laura Foti Cohen - Larchmont Buzz - ...read full review


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Working with Miller’s strong script, director Elina de Santos does an excellent job of defining this fractured family as, slowly but surely, their perfect life begins to unravel. The cast does a strong job of guiding the audience inside the heads of these “average American folks.” Dillon G. Artzer’s scenic design sets the right stage, homey and yet hemmed in by a high fence. Jennifer Pollono’s costumes make 1947 come alive. Matt Richter’s lighting and Christopher Moscatiello’s sound keep the stormy story on track. And let’s not forget fight choreography by Ned Mochel (who also performed as the evening’s Dr. Jim Bayliss). ALL MY SONS cannot be revived too often. It remains a pleasure to see Miller’s superb work on stage, especially as interpreted by the expert PRT Company.

sweet - Elaine Mura - Splash Magazines - ...read full review


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As illusions shatter, the bare-knuckle confrontations are riveting in De Santos’ well-paced staging, which heightens the intensity but proves problematic for some aspects of the play.

sweet-sour - Philip Brandes - LA Times - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal

All My Sons is a classic. It was made into a film in 1948, and again in 1987. It allows for very dramatic acting, and keeps an audience's interest throughout.

sweet - Carol Kaufman Segal - Carol's Culture Corner - ...read full review


Joan Alperin

THE SINS OF THE FATHER
There’s no doubt that Arthur Miller’s 1947 play All My Sons is an astonishing piece of theater. Not only is the writing brilliant, but the themes addressed are timeless and important. It’s difficult to imagine how the play could possibly be improved. It is based on a true story which appeared in an Ohio newspaper. The news story described how in 1941-43 the Wright Aeronautical Corporation based in Ohio had conspired with army inspection officers to approve defective aircraft engines destined for military use. It is amazing that Miller managed to pack so much drama into a play that takes place in the space of one day. Even if you’ve seen this classic play before, you would do well to go back; it still packs a punch, as proved by Pacific Resident Theatre’s moving and powerful production.

sweet - Joan Alperin - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


Avatar

This production, sensitively directed by Elina de Santos, finds every nuance of Miller’s brilliant script. De Santos accurately described the play as “”timeless and timely” when she introduced the performance.

Spot-on scenic design by Dillon G. Artzer makes remarkable use of a small stage. As the clear-eyed father trying to salvage normalcy for his family, Richard Fancy leads the cast with an awe-inspiring performance. Supporting players add context but it’s the family and Ann who are given the most to do and, here on Venice Boulevard, they deliver in spades.

sweet - Laura Foti Cohen - Larchmont Buzz - ...read full review


Avatar

Working with Miller’s strong script, director Elina de Santos does an excellent job of defining this fractured family as, slowly but surely, their perfect life begins to unravel. The cast does a strong job of guiding the audience inside the heads of these “average American folks.” Dillon G. Artzer’s scenic design sets the right stage, homey and yet hemmed in by a high fence. Jennifer Pollono’s costumes make 1947 come alive. Matt Richter’s lighting and Christopher Moscatiello’s sound keep the stormy story on track. And let’s not forget fight choreography by Ned Mochel (who also performed as the evening’s Dr. Jim Bayliss). ALL MY SONS cannot be revived too often. It remains a pleasure to see Miller’s superb work on stage, especially as interpreted by the expert PRT Company.

sweet - Elaine Mura - Splash Magazines - ...read full review