A true American classic, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman is a compelling tale of the world-weary travelling salesman Willy Loman and his variously damaged family. A touchstone for dramatic innovation, this play has proven timelessly relevant and successful. Get your Death of a Salesman tickets right away to experience the legendary drama live!
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Death of a Salesman is one of the most iconic American plays ever written. Penned by the great Arthur Miller, it received both the Pulitzer Prize for Literature and the Tony Award for Best Play. It debuted at the Morosco Theatre in February of 1949 and ran for a respectable 742 performances. Since then, it has enjoyed three Broadway revivals: one in 1975 starring George C. Scott, one in 1984 starring Dustin Hoffman, and one in 1999 starring Brian Dennehy. With such an incredible text, Death of a Salesman has always attracted great talent and has been a popular choice for the Tony Awards, winning for Best Revival of a Play for the 1984 and 1999 productions as well as for acting and directing. It has also been adapted to the big and small screens several times and has found similar critical success in film and television. The story is a timeless tale of ambition, regret, and the human fragility. Order your Death of a Salesman tickets and discover this classic play for yourself.
An exhausted Willy Loman returns to his Brooklyn home from a failed sales trip to find his wife, Linda, asking him to try to get his boss to let him work in the city. When he begins to complain about their son Biff's lack of motivation, she berates him for being so critical. Willy finds Biff and his other son, Happy, in the kitchen and they reminisce about the more joyful and promising years of their childhoods, when Willy planned on starting a business bigger than his neighbor, Charley's. Willy daydreams about the ambitions he once had to move far away and become rich and about his mistress. Back in reality, Biff and Happy discuss Willy's condition with Linda, who scolds Biff for being so judgmental. After she reveals that Willy has tried to commit suicide, Happy becomes angry with Biff over his financial failures. When Willy begins yelling at Biff, Happy intercedes and proposes that he and his brother go into business together. Visibly pleased with this prospect, Willy begins giving Biff tips on securing a loan before the family turns in for the night.
As a new day dawns, Willy vacillates from being hopeful and happy for his sons and being angry at his increasingly daunting expenses and decreasing means with which to pay them. When he goes to ask his boss, Howard, for a new assignment, he rejects his plea and tells him to take some time off. In his despair, Willy hallucinates, longing for the time before his job became so burdensome, before he lost his high hopes for Biff, and before his life generally became so depressing. When Willy arrives at the restaurant for dinner that night with Biff and Happy, tensions rise as he blurts out that he has been fired and Biff doesn't have the heart to disappoint his father by telling revealing that he had failed at getting a job. As aggression escalates, Wally once again flashes back, this time to an incident involving a strange woman and a Boston hotel room which had traumatized Biff for life. In the final scenes, the family's deepest secrets and most deeply buried feelings break the surface as Willy contemplates whether his family would be better off without him. Order your Death of a Salesman tickets today to see the complete story performed live.
Run Time:Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes with one intermission.
Advisory:Appropriate for teens and older (adult themes).
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