Theater: Avenging Fury ALL MY SONS

by Arthur Miller

The opening moments of Arthur Miller's first great play sketch a leafy backyard world as lazily enticing, and as deceptive, as the small-town dream that unfolds in the 1986 film Blue Velvet. As these neighbors in shirt sleeves slowly survey the morning, meander through a newspaper, savor a cigar, audience members cannot help longing to live in this clapboard paradise. . Until, that is, they find out what it is really like. The corruption beneath the surface in Blue Velvet is trendily psychosexual. In All My Sons it is economic and political. At the root of the play's evil is the...

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