All My Sons | Athenaeum Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

All My Sons The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 17 2013

The tale of an industrialist whose defective airplane parts indirectly caused the deaths of fighter pilots during World War II gives Arthur Miller a chance to sermonize on guilt, success, and, of course, American manhood in this 1947 drama. The negligent factory owner, Joe Keller, and his wife, Kate, also lost their eldest son in the fighting; Kate's determined denial of that fact yields the play's most affecting moments. But Miller gives far more stage time to a confrontation between the father and his idealistic surviving son, Chris. The performances in David Belew's straightforward staging for Eclectic Full Contact Theatre are a hair too folksy, especially David Elliott's aw-shucks Joe. The exception is Jeff Kurysz, who brings a touching, heartsore quality to the shame-ridden Chris. —Zac Thompson

Price: $27