Theater: Broke and Blue

THE AMERICAN CLOCK by Arthur Miller

"I was only 14 when the market collapsed," says the narrator-hero early in this drama, "but for us it fell apart in small pieces." In The American Clock, premiering at the Charleston, S.C., Spoleto Festival, Arthur Miller is picking up the pieces of a national trauma. The shock waves of the '29 crash and the ensuing Great Depression stunned families, businesses and an entire society, engulfing them in anguish, fear, hopeless unemployment and abject despair. The tremors are still felt.

Miller was 14 in 1929, so...

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