The Theater: A Défi to Fate

DEATH OF A SALESMAN

by ARTHUR MILLER

To make an extraordinary man of Willy Loman goes against the grain of the text, but George C. Scott has done just that and achieved a performance of staggering impact.

Scott's transmutation of the character is remarkable. When his head is bowed, it is not in resignation but rather like that of a bull bloodied by the picador yet ready to charge again. Where the lines have Willy on the verge of whining, Scott roars out a défi to a malignant fate. Never has the father in Willy come across so forcefully. His boys Biff...

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