Theater Response Essay #2- “Death of A Salesman”
For Theatre Response Essay #2, I chose to watch “Death Of A Salesman” by playwright Arthur Miller, directed by Paul Wickline. I saw the performance at the College Of The Canyons Performing Arts Center on Sunday April 2nd, 2011. “Death of A Salesman” was written in the 1949 and had a 742 performance run. This play is so world known that it has gone from the stage to the theater.
Wickline and this production did an amazing job bringing Miller’s ideals to the stages of College of The Canyons, and the theme and overall tone came shining through. The acting and actors ability to portray the inner turmoil of each one of the Loman family members and present the audience with the overall moral dilemma was on target. With Aristotle’s components of theater in hand, I was able to analyze and detail each of the six components. The plot was of an old washed-up salesman who made life choices that left him with no irretrievability, thus making him a true tragic character. This life of striving to reach the American Dream by being “liked” ruined his life, his family, and his self-esteem. The characters in “Death of A Salesman” conveyed the person they were portraying in such a way that you as an audience member feel exactly what they were feeling. The theme the playwright tries to convey is that material wealth does not make you happy. Being a clone to the “Joneses” next door only brought Willy despair and destroyed the very foundation of his family. The language and costumes of the play was
very middle class America. At first glance you tend to think the costumes were bland, but it helps create the feeling of dread, despair and overall failure.
In focusing in on characters, I feel the actors and the director did an amazing job. The blocking and business on stage were very realistic and indicative of the time. When thinking back to the days of old, sports and being the star of the...