Closing performance: All My Sons

Release Date: 2010-03-10

After bombing in 1940 with the play The Man Who Had All the Luck, Arthur Miller threatened to “find some other line of work” if his follow-up, All My Sons, wasn’t a commercial success. The play won Miller a Tony for Best Authored Play in 1947 and has been adapted twice for film. Miller’s respect for Greek tragedies is evident in this World War II-era family drama, which revolves around the patriarch’s sale of faulty cylinder heads to the Air Force, which caused the death of 21 pilots. Although Steve Deever goes to jail for the crime, his partner Jim Keller is responsible. Jim’s son Chris lives in the shadow of his dead brother, Larry, who commits suicide after learning of his father’s guilt. Refusing to accept her son’s death or her husband’s involvement in the crime, Jim’s wife Kate busies herself preventing a romance between Chris and Ann Deever, Larry’s former girlfriend and daughter of her husband’s incarcerated partner. While the storyline would go over famously on, say, Wisteria Lane, fans of Miller’s will recognize that beneath his examination of the American Dream lies a commentary about war profiteering, and content that echoes the playwright’s ties to the Communist Party. Presented by the Classic Theatre of San Antonio. $20, 8pm, the Sterling Houston Theater, 108 Blue Star, classictheatre.org. Runs through March 28.

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