Award-winning actors Annette Bening and Tracy Letts return to Broadway in the play that launched Arthur Miller as the moral voice of the American Theater. More…
In the aftermath of WWII, the Keller family struggles to stay intact and to fight for their future when a long-hidden secret threatens to emerge—forcing them to reckon with greed, denial, repentance, and post-war disenchantment across generations.
"The Sonny Liston-sized wallop happened again when Tracy Letts, playing Joe in the current revival, uttered his 'all my sons.' He is saying the killer phrase in a Jack O’Brien-directed production that’s as close to perfect as it can be for any lover of Miller—and for any believer in the potential of theater to get to you where you live...In director O’Brien’s cast, they’re all flawless—the lead actors worthy of praise that could go on for many column inches." Full Review
"One of the dramatic highlights of the Broadway season, the production features outstanding performances from a stellar cast headed by Annette Benning, Tracy Letts and Benjamin Walker, with impeccable direction by Jack O'Brien...He delivers a mesmerizing, no-frills production whose slowly ratcheting tension never abates...As usual for Roundabout, the production values are excellent in every respect." Full Review
"As fine a production of a Miller play as I ever hope to see...Director Jack O’Brien uncovers a depth and breadth in the play that I had not found in previous productions. He also knits the various subplots together with uncommon skill...Miller’s depiction of the dark side of the American Dream sadly remains as relevant now as it was in 1947." Full Review
"For much of the play, Bening's Kate displays a much harder edge than usual, not only letting her barely-contained anger and grief come to the surface time and again, but also signaling that she has lost the strength to keep acting the parts she's been assigned: the mourning mother and the supposedly-innocent wife. It's a truly triumphant performance that makes us sad for all we haven't been able to witness during her prolonged absence." Full Review
“Though locked in a specific time and place, the play's themes are as relevant and haunting today...A shattering production...As written, directed and performed, it's as devastating a scene as you're ever likely to see on a Broadway stage. What could so easily turn melodramatic is directed by O'Brien to maximum dramatic effect without sacrificing emotional honesty...The three principals, acting their hearts out, seem right at home.” Full Review
“Best Show of the Broadway Season...A polished, moving and beautifully mounted revival...Told in restrained but intensely emotional terms...the play still delivers a gut punch...So many things to applaud in the heart-stopping dramatic impact of this exemplary production...You can start with the most fabulous set...You can applaud O’Brien’s fluid direction...And finally, there’s the cast...’All My Sons' soars again, with its original values intact, stronger and tougher than ever.” Full Review
"Feels almost as fresh and disturbing as when it first saw the light of day in 1947...The three leads have all created beautifully rich performances, both as individuals and in their interactions with one another...All told, this fine production demonstrates with great clarity that 'All My Sons' holds up to this day, a remarkable work that was Arthur Miller's first breakthrough success two years ahead of 'Death of a Salesman.'" Full Review
"It still packs a wallop all its own, especially in this wonderfully cast, honestly staged and beautifully presented production...The whole cast makes their characters as well as the play’s melodramatic turns not only credible, but enthralling...Walker brings a genuineness to this sometimes too-good-to-be-true character, making Chris’ private revelations, as someone who has hidden scars of his own, all the more affecting." Full Review
"Simultaneously a valentine to the kind of naturalism that the American theater does best, and a reminder that the virtues of the proverbial 'well-made play' when impeccably realized are never passé, this is a deeply moving and finely wrought production. Apart from the kudos owed to O’Brien, the other factor that sets this iteration apart is the utterly transcendent performance by Bening." Full Review
"Bening is excellent as Kate, who holds so ferociously to the belief her son can’t be dead because of what else she’ll have to accept if he is, while actor-playwright Letts holds court as the seemingly genial patriarch with tension simmering beneath that calm exterior. And Walker’s Chris is tragic in a very different way...It all comes together in a stellar, harrowing production that reinforces why Miller’s works still endure so many decades later." Full Review
"Thrillingly acted – with performances that threaten, tantalizingly, to go over the top, but stop just short – Jack O’Brien’s production for the Roundabout is a vigorous anatomy lesson, a show about how guilt and transgression can rot a family from the inside, spoiling everything they touch...Letts is giving a master class in an inner, cringing weakness camouflaged by shows of strength. His performance is big, brash even, but never without nuance." Full Review
"In the current highly charged news cycle, with constant accusations of corporate and governmental misdeeds and inhumanity, 'All My Sons' feels especially timely...This revival gets to the heart of Miller’s writing and brings out increasingly intense and layered performances, making for highly compelling and confrontational theater." Full Review
"Here, the parts fit together smoothly for maximum effect...'All My Sons' is a slow burn that devastates you by the end...Letts knows how to vary a light, comical mode with eruptions of rage and defiance, and his canny, muscular, ultimately terrifying performance is a master class in the banality of evil...I recommend this keen, satisfying revival, especially if you’ve never seen the piece before." Full Review
"The gripping revival solidifies its relevance more than 70 years later...This cast breathes so much life into Miller’s characters it feels like you’re watching for the first time. Tracy Letts is compelling as Joe. As Kate, Annette Bening is a poignant mix of strength and despair, fighting off a grief she refuses to acknowledge. But it’s Benjamin Walker as the tortured son Chris who most commands attention whenever he’s on stage, so apparent is the fury he's brewing." Full Review
"Arthur Miller’s surprisingly vital 72-year-old drama 'All My Sons,' now in a stirring Jack O’Brien–directed Roundabout Theatre revival...It seems selfish to want to see Letts do more and more stage roles when he could be writing more plays. But he’s so spectacular in 'All My Sons'—even in the simple, speechless act of reading a letter—that you can’t help but imagine him (and Bening) in, oh, say…'Death of a Salesman.'" Full Review
“This shattering play about the guilt of seeking to avoid moral responsibility is forever timely...O'Brien expertly modulates the growing tensions of a plot that unfolds with the inevitability of a Greek tragedy...A thrilling cast rise to the challenge of making this entirely believable, fraught and eventually scorching. As matriarch Kate, Bening is devastating as well as devastated...Letts is equally superb...Even knowing the outcome, it's a play that rivets, challenges and disturbs.” Full Review
"Jack O’Brien’s knock-you-from-behind staging is as powerful and sturdy as Miller’s post-war classic itself. And in a shattering performance that adds yet another layer to her quietly remarkable career, Annette Bening finds grace notes in the role of the grieving Gold Star mother that brings the character to vivid, brutalized life...Miller’s genius was in using the old formulas to capture a very unbrave new world." Full Review
"There is a real and precious thing at the center of 'All My Sons.' It is the trio of Tracy Letts, Annette Bening and Benjamin Walker...All three are believable in every detail—blockbuster actors dedicated to small, unshowy connections to one another. In scene after scene, they do wonders. Around them, though, is a flatter and falser world...What does work after all the decades is Miller’s stunning climax, a series of emotional explosions." Full Review
"With Letts smoldering away, the whole decency thing is a sham — an affectation, a role Joe has learned how to play. And Annette Bening is not far behind: She elicits relatively little sympathy as Kate...Letts’ performance likely will strike some as odd or disconnected — I find it perfectly in tune with the moment, and there is much to like about Bening’s work, too...Had Letts been given some raging players to match his own buried ferocity, we'd likely have seen even more of his teeth." Full Review
"The production seems caught between a solid midcentury Broadway realism and a more theatrically fluid 21st century approach. But the core of the play, the situation of a disillusioned son’s inevitable confrontation with his hypocritical father that Miller would potently redeploy in 'Death of a Salesman,' is explosively renewed...O’Brien’s ensemble mixes realism with contemporary classicism in a catch-as-catch-can way. It’s the acting equivalent of a mixed salad." Full Review
"There is the pleasure, for the first half anyway, of Miller’s 'All My Sons' of well-executed theatrical convention; the reassurance of a revival done traditionally and done right...There is nothing off-the-wall, no pushing of envelopes, or headline-making outrages. Directed by O’Brien, this is a steady ship, entirely respectful of its source...In this second half that the play starts to creak, and all that seemed grand and luxuriant in the first part begins to feel heavy-handed and rushed." Full Review
"If one is willing to overlook the incongruity of making George black but keeping Ann white, there's something empowering in Ogbuagu and Fluker playing the grim truth tellers amid a sea of white characters who are all suffering from varying degrees of self-delusion...However, this production is a straightforward presentation...Still, if seeing a powerful drama staged and performed well is enough of a reward, then this new production mostly satisfies." Full Review
See it if you want to prove that the NYT review was hopelessly pedantic and soulless in contrast to this utterly affecting production.
Don't see it if you give up after expositions and are unwilling to wait for the final 2 1/2 acts you may never forget.
See it if you love plays you love Arthur Miller you enjoy thinking about morality you want a taste of the goneby simpler days of life you love Annette
Don't see it if you don't like a drama you are looking for a musical
See it if Intense family drama w/ Incredible performances & superb writing. Arthur Miller really is in a league of his own.
Don't see it if If you appreciate plays there is no reason not to see this. My favorite revival of this season.
See it if you want to see stellar performances and a beautiful set. A nicely accessible classic American play for beginners.
Don't see it if you don't like period pieces, you don't like family dramas
See it if 1940 play that reveals lessons for families today. themes of father and sons and how does one go for wealth and children. family secrets. GO
Don't see it if if you are sick of family dramas with great acting. over 3 hours , 2 intermissions of struggle can be hard for some. balcony has railing
See it if you want to experience a professional production of a truly wonderful dramatic play. Engaging and chilling to the core.
Don't see it if you want a comedy, feel good story or play that doesn't take much thought or emotional investment.
See it if You like Arthur Miller and this work. Benning, Letts, and Walker are great. Loved the projections between scenes.
Don't see it if You want to see Jack O’Brian do a literal interpretation of the text. Nothing new here of note. It is AMS as you know it.
See it if you are a Miller fan, are a WWII head or enjoy seeing great actors in a staid production.
Don't see it if you are expecting anything beyond what's on the page. This production could be from the 50s.
See it if You're hungry for great writing/acting. Bening is a revelation to those who have only seen her on film & the play feels surpringly modern
Don't see it if Your'e looking for a lazy, pandering evening of theater. That this is NOT... it's challenging and emotional.
See it if You want to watch Annette Benning command that stage! If you like socially conscious work, this is good production of a classic.
Don't see it if You are bored with straight, narrative, classic works, or don't enjoy slow boils.
See it if you like an heartfelt condemnation of capitalist greed and the lack of moral responsibility. Relevant today as it was in 1947.
Don't see it if you do not like the classics.
See it if What can I say about an absolutely perfect production of one of the most significant dramas ever written by one of the best playwrights ! Go
Don't see it if No reason not to see this. If you don’t you will be missing one of the finest productions of this or any Broadway theatre season !!!!
See it if you enjoy slow-yet-steady-building dramas that grip, throttle, and destroy you by the end; you want to see Arthur Miller at his most real.
Don't see it if you need frothy, unthinking fair that won’t haunt you afterward; looking for pure entertainment; or are triggered by war talk and gunshots.
See it if Such a relevant brilliant play with masterful acting especially by the three leads. Annette Bening was glorious and present in each moment.
Don't see it if You don't want to be exposed to greed and corruption in families that might remind you of our current government.
See it if Arthur Miller's brilliance "tugs" at your heart strings. The family dynamics presented are stunning and startling. Perfect cast!
Don't see it if Drama doesn't count as a "night out"!
See it if Annette Benning, Tracy Letts, Benjamin Walker excellent in Miller’s Greek tragedy condemning capitalist greed & lack of moral responsibility
Don't see it if You are unable to accept color-blind casting. You will miss one of the best plays this season.
See it if You are a fan of Arthur Miller. In my opinion this is his BEST PLAY EVER. The acting is sublime. THIS is what theater is meant to be.
Don't see it if You are triggered by mental illness, pain, or depressing stories, or if you want a light hearted romp. This ain't it. This is real.
See it if you want to see a classic Arthur Miller piece done to perfection! Amazing cast, the 2 hours flew by leaving me wanting more!!
Don't see it if no reason not to, unless you are not a fan of drama.
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