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Arthur Miller’s The Price

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing, Thought-provoking
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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.

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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.

 


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73
Avg Score

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

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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

60
Time Out New York

"It requires a level of focus that Roundabout Theatre Company’s production, directed by Terry Kinney, only sometimes delivers...The play winds up in the pocket of Danny DeVito, making his Broadway debut as a charming old ganef of a furniture dealer...After dominating the first act, DeVito mostly disappears for the second, and the revival’s energy flags without him. Only when he’s onstage does 'The Price' seem right." Full Review

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New Yorker

"Kinney doesn’t so much direct here as organize traffic, and most of the show takes place in a bottleneck: one watches listlessly because the script doesn’t seem to matter much to the actors, or, when it does, they’re using it to their own aims, as in the case of DeVito. Ruffalo is dead on his feet, and Hecht, ever needy, feels entirely lost. It’s as if she and Shalhoub, whose insinuating sexiness fails him in this role, are waiting for the show to be over." 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

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The New York Times

"Sympathetically directed and ardently acted, there’s much to enjoy in this Roundabout Theater Company revival...Yet it shows 'The Price' as a smaller, more stolid work than it wants to be — still just a little out of style...Mr. Kinney’s quieter, more faithful style emphasizes the fine roles for actors but doesn’t make a strong case for the play itself...If the debate is involving, it’s not especially consequential." Full Review

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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

70
DC Theatre Scene

"DeVito’s character is the most enjoyable but not a central one in Miller’s sober family drama in a cast that also includes Ruffalo, Hecht and Shalhoub. If none are at their absolute best here, that only means that all of them at one time or another have given performances that have left me in awe...The play also feels dated...People of any era should be able to respond to the themes, but the particulars, at least in this production, make it feel too distant to strike home with full force." Full Review

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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

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Front Row Center

"DeVito is determined and brilliant. This is a performance that crackles. In comparison to him, all the other actors seem like they are once removed, as if they were under water. It is a startling contrast...Hard to say if it is the writing or the performances, but everyone felt out of sorts...For this writer it was uneventful bordering on confusing–this is the part where the actors felt out of sync and the blocking was awkward." Full Review

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The Huffington Post

“It’s a stilted work that spells out what should be implied and then does it again and again…I imagine it wasn’t their best night, making this post-opening performance feel more like an early preview. It didn’t help that the direction of Terry Kinney felt particularly flat and random…I truly had trouble understanding each of the characters…None of the actors made much sense of their parts but I have to think the blame lies equally on the play and this staging.” Full Review

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The Wall Street Journal

"Miller’s best play—the only one, in my opinion, that is totally successful as a work of theatrical art...The highly charged naturalism of Ruffalo’s acting is terrifically impressive...Shalhoub leaves nothing to be desired...On the debit side, DeVito is effective enough in an obvious way, but he’s using Solomon as a star turn...This revival isn’t perfect, but it works—the play comes through clearly and strongly—and Ruffalo and Shalhoub are more than good enough to offset its forgivable flaws." Full Review

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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

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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

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Talkin' Broadway

"Subtlety is no great hallmark of Arthur Miller's plays...This affliction is seldom more pronounced in his oeuvre than it is in his 1968 effort 'The Price,' something you're keenly aware of throughout Terry Kinney's otherwise fine revival...'The Price' feels less like a finished drama than a staged reading of a sketchbook...Good though the members of this cast might be, they fall short of that ideal and don't register as either an integrated family or an integrated ensemble." Full Review

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Times Square Chronicles

“Ruffalo does his best Brando imitation. DeVito breaks the tension with his savagely hilarious portrayal. Hecht is perfectly needy...It is Shalhoub who you cannot take your eyes off of. His vulnerability in admitting his failure and wanting to make this relationship right are at the heart and soul of this play. Director Kinney’s doesn’t manage to bring this play forward. There are moments that the show seems overly long, and he doesn’t manage to bring the actors all into the same play.” Full Review

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New York Daily News

"A new Roundabout production at the American Airlines Theatre that can’t mask the play’s weaknesses but compensates a bit with some strong acting....The first act is a slow-mo slog...Terry Kinney guides an atmospheric, period-rich production. Acting is uneven. Ruffalo gives a lived-in, believable performance...But Shalhoub’s mannered performance jars and gums up the works...DeVito emerges as the show’s MVP." Full Review

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Deadline

"'The Price' is, at best, a master’s second-tier work – Miller lite. Many of its qualities and all its flaws are thrown into relief in Terry Kinney’s damask-heavy revival...Kinney is unable to establish a coherent ensemble out of these four spectacular actors, each of whom seems to be performing in a different production...They are all entertaining in their own worlds, but only Hecht brings the touch of believability." Full Review

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Chicago Tribune

"DeVito is offering a spectacularly funny performance in director Terry Kinney's resonant if not wholly satisfying Broadway revival of, to my mind, one of Miller's bleakest and most personal plays...I think Kinney's direction fundamentally understands the currency of this play. Hecht clearly gets the quiet trauma of what is being bought and sold, and both Ruffalo and Shalhoub have individual vulnerability, even if you don't always believe they are in this, for better or worse, as brothers." Full Review

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CurtainUp

"While lacking the poetry of Miller's masterwork, 'Death of a Salesman,' Terry Kinney does bring it off as a fine theatrical string quartet. His players hit the right keys to reach the big climax this sort of well-made play calls for...Terry Kinney has given 'The Price' a solid production without any attempts to intersperse trendy 'now' touches. While Mark Ruffalo's Victor is a bit too stiff as the play's most conflicted character, he does well with the wordless moments." Full Review

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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

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Front Mezz Junkies

"Mark Ruffalo returns to the Broadway stage in a part that seems tailor made to his physicality, his vocals, and his persona...Danny DeVito, coughing and hacking his way up and onto the stage, almost steals the show away from Ruffalo and Shalhoub...Hecht somehow manages to hold her own when paired with him...Roundabout has pulled out all the stops creating an atmospheric story with history, literally, hanging over their heads. It’s a solid revival of a less than solid play." Full Review

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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

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The Wrap

"'The Price' may mark DeVito’s Broadway debut, at age 73, but there’s no doubt about it: He’s a real stage animal. He even takes focus before he appears on stage...As for 'The Price,' it’s difficult to say what director Kinney means to tell us about the play with this production’s four diverging performances...DeVito’s sheer presence quickly fills the void that has been Ruffalo’s performance in the play’s opening moments. It also throws 'The Price' off-kilter, but who’s to complain." Full Review

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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

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Avg Score

75
Great acting, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if You are fans of the actors in the production or like family dramas.

Don't see it if You are looking for a play with more plot advancement.

85
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You're an O'Neill fan and want to experience a strong, but under-staged production. This cast brings it to brilliant life

Don't see it if You're not into quality drama and want easy-lifting

76
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Great writing, Slow

See it if you're up for a classic mid-century family drama acted by a top-notch cast

Don't see it if the sagginess of plays of the period, that had to fill a night regardless of how much story they have to tell, is a barrier.

73
Stirring

See it if you love Arthur Miller. This production honors the text and doesn't reinvent it.

Don't see it if you've seen The Price three too many times and are looking for a concept-heavy reinvention.

Also This production just doesn't feel very directed. Its cast consists of ... Read more Read less

75
Great acting, Confusing, Slow, Great staging

See it if You want to watch an amazing performance from Danny DeVito. If you like Arthur Miller, this revival stands out.

Don't see it if Want something to hit you on the head with what's happening. Act two is a little muddy on the story and a little long. 2:45

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you want to see an Arthur Miller play performed by an amazing cast. Mark Ruffalo should have also been nominated with Danny DeVito!

Don't see it if you need a lot of action and cannot maintain attention for 2 1/2 hours.

75
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great writing, Slow

See it if You like the classics. You like Arthur Miller. You love great acting, Ruffalo and DeVito are particularly good here.

Don't see it if You don't like classic, "slow" dramas. The play is lengthy and could be boring if you don't like that style.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if Family drama about life-choices, memory/reality, family vs personal obligations/responsibilities, and what constitutes success are for you

Don't see it if You want light drama or hate your family and don't want to see lingering conflict in others

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Banal, Disappointing, Insipid, Overrated, Mark ruffalo is the only actor giving a real performance

See it if you have never seen a production of "The Price" before. Another fiasco from the Roundabout.

Don't see it if you have seen a production of "The Price" before.

Also Danny DeVito does nothing but chew up the scenery. He does not have a ... Read more Read less

78
Delightful, Resonant, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a star-laden production of a classic Miller and Danny DeVito is really charming in this production

Don't see it if Mark Ruffalo isn't on.. His understudy was disappointing and cant carry the show.

83
Great acting, Masterful, Profound, Great set design

See it if You love to think about what's happening on stage and want to keep thinking about what it all means afterwards. DeVito's Tony nom is spot on

Don't see it if You aren't interested in these characters' relationships or want a lot of action.

84
Intense, Relevant, Great writing, Solid, Danny devito

See it if You love Arthur Miller and Danny Devito. Definitely in the spirit of "All My Sons" and "Death of a Salesman." And Danny Devito is perfect.

Don't see it if You don't like Arthur Miller plays or are expecting a genius performance front Mark Ruffalo (who is disappointing).

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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

82
Absorbing, Intense, Relevant

See it if You like classic plays with great actors

Don't see it if You can't sit still and absorb the drama and heavy topics!

76
Funny, Disappointing, Entertaining, Misdirected

See it if You like Miller even 2nd rate Miller which this is, want to see yet another play exploring siblings at odds, and like to see "stars"up close

Don't see it if You expect a cohesive directorial POV, a feeling the characters are related, DeVito doing Borscht-belt shtick isn't enough tho' funny. Meh!

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you love Arthur Miller. This is one of his best. DeVito is terrific. Play makes you think, and reevaluate your relationships with your sibs.

Don't see it if you want sweetness and light. This play has some wonderful moments of humor, but at its core it's a story of lost dreams and family conflict

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Great writing

See it if enjoy a classic family drama by one of America's great playwrights. Excellent cast keep this play moving with hardly a dull moment.

Don't see it if Let's face it, you've got to like Arthur Miller's work to enjoy this play.

65
Banal, Disappointing

See it if you want to see Danny DeVito on the stage giving his best.

Don't see it if you don't like seeing plays about people arguing about money.

Also I wasn't able to get into the story, and my mezzanine seats probably c... Read more Read less

50
Funny, Disappointing, Slow, Bad acting

See it if you care about seeing celebrities and not about seeing good shows.

Don't see it if you want to see a good show

48
Boring, Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated, Slow

See it if You're an Arthur Miller fanatic or you just want to be in the same room as one of these big name actors for a very long 2.5 hours

Don't see it if You value good and interesting theater or have anything better to do like laundry or grocery shopping. Seriously, this was bad.

62
Indulgent, Overrated, Slow, Dated

See it if you are in the mood for a slow unfolding family drama. danny devito is great but anytime he's offstage there is a severe energy drop

Don't see it if there is an intense shift of tone between acts 1 and 2. it feels overly dramatic like the play is taking itself way too seriously

68
Indulgent, Slow, Great staging

See it if You enjoy star-power of Danny DeVito and Mark Ruffalo (though don't expect to be able to hear the latter's words.)

Don't see it if You are bored by dated drama of white men. Little attention paid to anything other than their egos.

82
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of these actors, or of this play, and enjoy a well developed story showing different sides of family issues.

Don't see it if You are not interested in intelectual and emotional examination of families and their issues.

75
Great acting, Slow, Great staging

See it if you're a fan of Arthur Miller's or any of this show's fine actors, or if you're into family dramas.

Don't see it if heavy dialogue and little movement on stage bothers you. Unless you're truly captivated by the dialogue, it's easy to tune it out.

78
Intelligent, Great writing, Slow, Great casting, Grerat set

See it if you are a fan of Arthur Miller or a fan of one of the cast. See it if you would like to see a comedic Solomon played by Danny DeVito.

Don't see it if you like fast action packed plays; you like short plays.

Also Mark Ruffalo seemed to mumble a lot of his lines. He was easier to und... Read more Read less