The Theater: Grand Slam

Whipped, bedraggled Willy Loman is well on his way, it appears, to becoming as much a British as an American celebrity. Theatergoing Londoners last week welcomed Arthur Miller's Pulitzer Prizewining Death of a Salesman with raves and flourishes.

Traditionally hard-shelled British critics were moved to superlatives. The reserved London Times called it "this massive and relentless play." The Daily Express was ecstatic: "This play seems to lay the soul of America bare, throws across the footlights, flat in your face, all the hopes, fears, frustrations, inhibitions and terrible yearnings of a nation ....

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