THEATER: Sylvia Suffers

Five decades after his debut, Arthur Miller is on Broadway

Playwrights tend to burn out young, so the mere fact that Arthur Miller, 78, opened a new drama on Broadway last week, 50 years after his debut, is noteworthy. Even better, the play is good -- complex, a little mysterious, full of arresting incident, grippingly played. The bad news is that there is so little audience for serious work that its survival is, in the producer's words, "week to week." Only two new plays have had much of a run on Broadway this season, Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor and the second half of Tony Kushner's Angels in America,...

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