Thursday, May 17, 2012

My Life at the Theater: The Price

THE PRICE debuted on Broadway in 1968 and played for more than a year. It has twice been revived on Broadway. I saw it at the Jewish Ensemble Theater in West Bloomfield Hills, MI in 1993. I always get a lot out of Miller's plays and have seen a lot of them.

This one concerns two brothers and a sister, squabbling after their father's death about a piece of furniture and the quality of their lives. Most of Miller's plays concern fathers and sons. Or at least family relations. I guess most plays in general do.


Anonymous said...

I remember seeing the TV adaptation from 1971 with George C. Scott, Colleen Dewhurst (then in her second go-round as Mrs. Scott) and Barry Sullivan.

There was also a 1971 adaptation of Miller's autobiographical A MEMORY OF TWO MONDAYS, which you mentioned a while ago, with George Grizzard, Barnard Hughes, Estelle Parsons, Catherine Burns, Jerry Stiller, J. D. Cannon, Harvey Keitel, Tony Lo Bianco, Kristoffer Tabori, Dick Van Patten, and Jack Warden!

Jeff M.

Erik Donald France said...

Haven't seen this but it would be interesting to compare with August Wilson's Piano Lesson, which I did see recently and also involves squabbling and family drama. Sounds good.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Love PIANO LESSONS and THE FENCE. He was maybe the best black playright IMHO.

Anonymous said...

Patti - I've always liked Arthur Miller's stuff, though not seen this one. I liked the way he wrote about real people.

Charles Gramlich said...

Another one I should watch.