The production, which runs through this weekend at the
That's not to say it's bad. Second-tier Miller is better than the best of most other playwrights.
The entire play takes place in the attic of a
The relationship between the two brothers is complex, and the complexities deepen as the play progresses and the backstory of their relationship is revealed. One brother has abandoned the aging father and gone on to become a renowned surgeon, and the other has put familial obligations first and has become a cop instead of the scientist he hoped to be. The cop resents his brother, but the brother's life hasn't been as smooth as it seems.
The first act is talky and rather dry. The second act is just as talky but packed with explosive ideas. Miller's most impressive achievement in this play is his ability to make the audience switch allegiance and sympathy from one brother two the other. But it's not especially emotionally involving.
In the Banyan production, directed by
Unfortunately, Miller doesn't seem to know what to do with the character when he's not needed, which is for most of the play's last half. For long periods of time, the dealer simply walks into another bedroom and just sits there alone, apparently doing nothing. He comes out and delivers a piquant line or two then retreats again.
In the end, the Banyan production of "The Price" sends you home thinking about duty, devotion and amily. And, like a lot of Miller's work, it makes you think about the profound implications of being less than honest with yourself. That's what the play is meant to do, so the Banyan production is a success.
But you also may drive home wishing you had been able to see "Death of a Salesman" instead.
"The Price" runs through Sunday in the
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