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Saturday, August 16, 2003

NY Times on Playhouses ғAll My Sons: Uneven Performances But Lurching Momentum

Todays New York Times carries a somewhat positive review of the latest Westport Country Playhouse production of Arthur MillerҒs All My SonsӔ starring Richard Dreyfuss and Jill Clayburgh.

Reviewer Bruce Weber said that though the performances, especially Mr. Dreyfuss’s, are uneven, the two stars give the production, directed by Doug Hughes, a charismatic center and a lurching momentum.Ӕ

Webers muted praise of Dreyfuss includesd a note that he retains ғthe stage presence of a star and that from time to time he jolts the production with genuine electricity.

As for Clayburgh, he wrote: ԓMs. Clayburgh, almost all by herself, animates a long and rather slow-moving first act. Looking drawn, lank-haired and wearily determined, and biting off her words so that her lines don’t resonate but land like a hammer on an anvil, she gives off the formidability of a battle-ax.

The reviewer called Hughes’s direction ԓwisely unsubtle, underscoring the play’s strength, which is its undeniably gripping emotional power. He keeps the wrenching moral issues of the play in a vise and makes sure we see the cost to the characters played out on the stage.

Update (8/16/03):In a review in Sunday’s New York Times Connecticut section, Alvin Klein wrote: “Doug Hughes’s staging of the play at the Westport Country Playhouse has power and incandescence.”

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