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Arthur Miller’s The Price

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2h 30m | Already closed | American Airlines Theatre (Midtown W)

Roundabout Theatre Company revives Arthur Miller’s drama about the struggle to make peace with the past. Starring three-time Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo, three-time Tony nominee Tony Shalhoub, and Danny DeVito. More…

When the Great Depression cost his family their fortune, Victor Franz gave up his dream of an education to support his father. Three decades later, Victor has returned to his childhood home to sell the remainder of his parents’ estate. His wife, his estranged brother, and the wily furniture dealer hired to appraise their possessions all arrive with their own agendas, forcing Victor to confront a question, long-stifled, about the value of his sacrifice. Steppenwolf Theatre Company co-founder and Tony-nominated actor Terry Kinney directs.


90
Lighting & Sound America

"The power of 'The Price' lies in how a psychologically cogent conflict about love, family, and duty is folded into a larger debate about how to live one's life...Kinney has welded his four fine talents into an impressive quartet...It's long past time that 'The Price' be recognized as one of Miller's finest plays, one that stands next to his acknowledged masterpieces. In no other work of his are the battle lines so fairly drawn, the conflict so well-armed on both sides." Full Review

90
AM New York

“A solid, unexpectedly compelling production…‘The Price’ can easily come off as slow and hokey today, but director Terry Kinney achieves a fine balance between Ruffalo, Shalhoub and Hecht’s raw, accusatory battling and DeVito’s spirited, minutely detailed character acting.” Full Review

90
The Huffington Post

"Scintillatingly bristling revival...It reinforces how incisive Kinney is as a director...DeVito is a marvel; if the evening weren’t as good as it is, we might recommend it simply so you can see what Danny can do with a boiled egg...I’ve never seen the play with four equal performances. Mr. Kinney has taken his actors—all of whom are accomplished—and mixed them together in such a manner that the play always comes through." Full Review

90
DC Metro Theater Arts

"It is still topical and relevant, for it deals with how the past catches up with all of us...Mr. Miller is a master at confrontational dialog and he’s in top form in this outing. He’s helped enormously by the beautiful work of Mark Ruffalo and Tony Shalhoub...Ms. Hecht...turning a supporting role into a star turn...Danny DeVito is a revelation...I’ve only seen one other production of this play, the original one, but I found this outing far more fruitful." Full Review

90
This Week in New York Blog

"A powerhouse family tale that, in the hands of Kinney and a superb cast, proves to be one of Miller’s masterpieces...The nimble Hecht, the ever-elegant Shalhoub, and the brusque Ruffalo form an intimate trio, three pros at the top of their game...DeVito makes an impressive Broadway debut...Kinney gets right to the heart of the play, examining the choices we all make and the costs, visible and hidden, that come with them...In this glorious revival, money, of course, is never the answer." Full Review

90
NJ.com

"Director Kinney's extraordinary new revival of the show makes the convincing argument that the play deserves as much attention as any in the Miller canon...There are no avant-garde bells-and-whistles here, no jarring or subversive flourishes. Instead, McKinney insists upon the primacy of Miller's crackling dialogue, and the playwright's peerless grasp of the often twisted dynamics of American families...The actors are everything you might hope for with such a starry cast." Full Review

90
Live Theatre UK

“One of Miller’s most obviously resonant plays…Kinney’s production is blessed with four excellent actors. Mark Ruffalo is exceptional…Ruffalo and Shalhoub are in scintillating form as they dance around each other…They are marvellous to watch…Kinney’s production is detailed and absorbing, and it is difficult to imagine better performances. Funny and moving, occasionally startling, ‘The Price’ is well worth its price, both in time and cash.” Full Review

90
Showbiz 411

"Shalboub and Hecht are Broadway regulars and can do no wrong. They’re excellent, as expected, and they’re there to keep the boat afloat. They do more than that. You can’t take your eyes off of them. But it’s Mark Ruffalo and Danny DeVito who we’re looking at. 'The Price' offers a bit of comedy in the first act, and DeVito delivers it as if he’s a little cherry bomb...Terry Kinney directs, sharply as ever. There will be lots of awards talk for everyone involved." Full Review

85
Variety

"Still reverberates with meaning for the 2010s. Let’s just say that the dramatic themes and human conflicts are timeless. Kinney directs a superlative cast consisting of Ruffalo, Shalhoub, Hecht, and DeVito, who make this revival a treasured experience...Under Kinney’s measured direction, the recriminations really heat up in the galvanic second act, when kind Esther and adorable Solomon fade into the shadows and let the brothers fight their old quarrels until one or both of them falls over." Full Review

85
Bob's Theater Blog

“Shalhoub is superb as the smooth-talking Walter...The role of Esther fits Hecht like a glove and she gives one of her best performances in years. Casting DeVito as Solomon was a stroke of genius…Ruffalo does not seem entirely comfortable in the role of Victor, although his performance improves as the play progresses…Kinney has taken the play at face value, rather than attempting to force his stamp upon it. Miller doesn’t need gimmicks.” Full Review

85
Woman Around Town

"Heady and dense...The whiz-bang company unfailingly balance one another. Shalhoub is so forceful and charismatic when quick-changing tacks, uncertainty about his intentions never abates. Hecht’s portrayal makes the backbone of her marriage believable...Ruffalo’s naturalistic performance is immensely nuanced....DeVito’s Solomon captivates...Director Kinney does a masterful job in regulating the ebb and flow of emotion...This is an extremely satisfying production of a superb play." Full Review

85
Theater Pizzazz

"Dated, but always relevant portrayal of family discord, resentment, disappointment and frustration...The hearty laughs in Act I belie the pain and sorrow of what’s to come...These are award-winning performances by a stellar cast–Ruffalo filled with an unrequited resentment; Shalhoub digging deep to hide his emotional void; DeVito offering the perfect humorous relief, and Hecht as the discontented but compliant wife, as Arthur Miller forever seeks truth." Full Review

85
Newsday

"The Roundabout Theatre has put together a splendid cast for director Terry Kinney’s straightforward and loving revival...After radical, dazzling director-driven revivals...it feels almost novel — at least, quietly reassuring — to have a lesser-known Miller work presented with down-the-middle sensibilities and expert care...Miller, whose parents lost everything in the crash, knew these lives’ sore spots. And this production knows how to make them still hurt." Full Review

85
Theater Life

"Under Terry Kinney’s insightful direction, this revival is, most importantly, comedic...While the arguments are obvious...the issues drive to the heart of so much of Miller’s oeuvre...But there is also something very simple at the heart of the dialogue between these family members about what it takes to be a man...The entertainment is Coliseum-style, with Roman gladiators fighting for their lives." Full Review

85
Times Square Chronicles

"There are no shortfalls in Terry Kinney’s new production, which perhaps takes the play to its hottest level ever...In all, this is 'The Price' the way it ought to be done, which is to say thoughtfully but also with the exuberance that invites making bold choices, taking big risks and thus, keenly balanced, taking what might otherwise be a decent 'talking heads' play to the heights of great and meaningful American drama." Full Review

83
TheaterScene.net

"Though 'The Price' is really and primarily about the strained relationship between two brothers, Danny DeVito, playing an outsider, hijacks this production and makes it his own. Perhaps Arthur Miller's most comedic character, Solomon was a vaudevillian 'acrobat' ('I was on the same bill with Gallagher and Shean in maybe fifty theaters,' he tells Victor), who delivers his every line with stereotypically Jewish shtick." Full Review

80
Theatermania

"Director Terry Kinney keeps us constantly pondering the connection between the past and the present in his straightforward production, which allows the playwright's words to come to the fore...Everything is highly realistic, especially the performances...'The Price' only begins to feel draining in its operatic second act...It all could easily become tedious coming from lesser actors, but it never does here. Instead, Hecht, DeVito, Ruffalo, and Shalhoub lead us in an emotional workout." Full Review

80
New York Magazine / Vulture

"Gripping if slightly muddy revival...'The Price' doesn’t so much advance as turn like a screw, deeper and deeper into the soft wood of memory...The actors, though already powerful and moving, sometimes look as if they need more time to figure out where they are...You’d think that a play so wordy and rangy would be unwelcome in today’s theatrical environment, which favors large, uncomplicated, single-minded action. But that’s why it’s so much needed." Full Review

80
The Hollywood Reporter

"Bolstered by a first-rate cast, director Terry Kinney's carefully considered production shapes all sides of the arguments into compelling drama...The writing is far from black and white on either side...However, in the fractious second act, Miller's play shows its dramaturgical weaknesses, becoming circuitous and repetitive...Still, the strong cast ensures that the drama remains riveting...A very solid, sensitively directed production of a flawed but rewarding play." Full Review

80
The Washington Post

"Under Terry Kinney’s stewardship, a gold-plated cast fulfills its mission in grand fashion...Kinney treats with respect both the text and the audience — and thereby delivers a perceptively embroidered portrait of a family rife with mercenary and other resentments...The play too transparently shows its hand...But the actors are all adept at embodying and drawing out the countervailing traits and motivations in themselves and one another." Full Review

80
Out Magazine

"Under Terry Kinney’s direction, Ruffalo projects a sort of Brandoesque brooding, until exploding with a riveting fury. Jessica Hecht gives a typically quirky and credible performance as his wife...Shalhoub comes off slick as a man who says he had a breakdown, but is now happy...Best of all is DeVito who, despite an accent that comes and goes, is priceless as the man who takes out an egg and eats it (a hilarious scene)." Full Review

80
Theater In The Now

"This production honors Miller's text readily, proving this antique will never go out of fashion...'The Price' is a play that talks in circles with purpose. It's a captivating character study...'The Price' has a resounding relevance. Kinney keeps the play in period, yet sprinkles hints of a modern sensibility. 'The Price' is an emotionally gripping play...No doubt about it, this was an immensely talented company...It may not have been the most remarkable piece of theater, but it was riveting." Full Review

80
WNYC

“It doesn't leave you eviscerated. Instead, it's a warmly wise portrait of a family that is on the edge of getting torn apart forever…It's an unexpectedly funny story, thanks to DeVito and Ruffalo's crack comic timing…Miller wrote beautifully, and ‘The Price’ is no exception. There are profound lines here…It's a plea for understanding, for empathy, that Miller wrote during the Vietnam War. It still resonates now in the midst of our own political troubles.” Full Review

80
StageZine

“Shalhoub just keeps getting better with age…When he is onstage, the play is electric; but he doesn’t come on until the end of Act I. However, in Act I you have DeVito...Thank God for his arrival early on to lift the tedium that is known as the exposition or set up of the play…What a joy to have him on stage supplying the lighter moments. In the drab and thankless roles of Victor and Esther Franz, Ruffalo and Hecht make a valiant attempt to bring life to their characters." Full Review

80
Epoch Times

"The team of four players does impressive work, under the perceptive direction of Terry Kinney. Ruffalo’s Victor clearly expresses the disappointment of a man who feels he’s been cheated. Shalhoub’s outer bluff conceals the shame of a man who has perhaps finally admitted he took advantage of a situation...The play may not be as clear-cut as Miller’s other works...But 'The Price' is imbued with richness and humanity." Full Review


100
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Great staging

See it if The art of theater is clearly presented. Amazing performances by all. Mark Ruffalo and Danny were exceptional

Don't see it if Cannot think of a reason why you wouldn't want to see this!'

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if you love a thoughtful play with a timeless theme...family dynamics at the center...exploring characters and their dynamics...artful staging

Don't see it if If you're looking for escapism the play leaves you wondering why some family members escape and others are prisoners. What do we value?

100
Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You love Arthur Miller. Great acting. Great writing. Great theme.

Don't see it if You don't want to listen ... really listen to the dialog.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy great acting and serious subject matters

Don't see it if You like fluff

100
Great acting, Must see, Great writing, Pay any price to see the price

See it if You love Arthur Miller plays with an outstanding ensemble cast that includes Mark Ruffallo, Tony Shalub, Jessica Hecht and Danny DeVito!

Don't see it if Don't like absorbing talky and occasionally slow moving dialogue. Staged with expert care, the play is probably one of Miller's best works!

Also The setting is an attic in NYC that is a unique approach with the roof... Read more Read less

100
Gripping, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you're looking for good drama, solid acting, thoughtful insight and realistic portrayal of family and people, poetic dialogue, classic play

Don't see it if you're looking for something lighthearted or comedic

99
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Great writing

See it if People who like to contemplate what happens in life to families.

Don't see it if You like musicals and dislike heavy drama.

99
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Great writing

See it if Mark Ruffalo's vulnerability will make you cry. DeVito changes the molecules in the room. All do Superb storytelling with humor and pain.

Don't see it if You're looking for light hearted entertainment or a musical. This is a strong Arthur Miller must see drama.

98
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Great writing

See it if If you enjoy arthur Miller as a playwright and like Danny DeVito and Mark Ruffalo.

Don't see it if If you are not of a fan of Arthur Miller.

98
Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Masterful

See it if You're not just a fan of these big stars, (ahm the Hulk, the Monk, and the Penguim) but because you love a great, wonderfully acted play.

Don't see it if You cant afford it.

Also Hecht abd Ruffalo were amazing together, and DeVito steals every scene... Read more Read less

98
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You want a master class in acting from 4 pros at their prime , in a lesser known but wonderful Miller piece

Don't see it if You don't like plays about families and ideas

98
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Great writing

See it if A dream cast knocks a brilliant play out of the park. Danny DeVito stole the show.

Don't see it if It's a bit slow in the beginning. The energy goes up by extremes when DeVito enters. DeVito's accent isn't quite right, though.

Also I loved this show. Everything about it was great. My few minor quibble... Read more Read less

98
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful

See it if If you love Arthur Miller, want to see a great plan relevant to any life, that has extraordinary acting. I memorable night at the theater

Don't see it if You don't want to see a drama, unless you go for the experience of seeing two great performances, by Danny De Vito and Tony Shaloub

96
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Must see

See it if You like Arthur Miller if family relationships and complexities resonate with you. If you love great acting and want to be mesmerized.

Don't see it if Can't think of any reasons not to see it. Theater at its best

96
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if you like Arthur Miller, drama about two grown brothers having to face their lifelong relationship with each other and their deceased father

Don't see it if you do not want a heavy drama or hd a rough time with your parents and siblings in growing up or parent just died

96
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy well written plays with great actors

Don't see it if No reason not to.

96
Thought-provoking, Must see, Relevant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You want to see an incredible cast of actors in one play!!

Don't see it if You don't like plays though relevant today also have elements that are a bit dated

95
Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You like Arthur Miller and terrific theater.

Don't see it if You don't like classic contemporary drama.

Also A magnificent production of one of Arthur Miller's masterpieces. Terri... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You love great theater and great acting. Mark Ruffalo, Danny Davito and Jessica Hecht are as good as it gets.

Don't see it if You don't like straight plays.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Must see

See it if you want an extremely well written, masterfully staged, and beautifully well acted Arthur Miller classic play. Do not miss this limited run

Don't see it if There is no reason not to see this masterful production!

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if great acting by all four. Miller can do no wrong in my eyes.. first noticed similarly by Ruffalo to Marlon Brnado

Don't see it if I liked the set better in Roundabout's previous production at the Criterion site.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting, Great writing

See it if You love great writing and great acting. Danny DeVito and Mark Ruffalo are awesome. Tony Shaloub increases the tension in Act 2.

Don't see it if You want mindless entertainment like Cats.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You enjoy dramas where the set remains static and the words -- and the acting is the thing.

Don't see it if You are looking for a big Broadway production, this is an intimate intense drama.

95
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You love Danny DeVito, Tony Shalhoub & Mark Ruffalo - a resonant family saga

Don't see it if No reason you shouldn't see it

95
Gripping, Intense, Well acted, Satisfying, Classic drama

See it if you like psychologically probing drama

Don't see it if you only like light-hearted plays and musicals

Also Danny DeVito successfully mines the script's potential for comic momen... Read more Read less


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