The Price | Raven Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 14 2012

Arthur Miller's 1968 play touches on some of his favorite themes: fathers and sons, competing brothers, the human toll of capitalism. And yet it barely sputters along, hobbled by unbelievable dialogue, overlong monologues, and a narrative that keeps bogging down. It's so artless, in fact, that you'd be forgiven for thinking it was an early work, written well before Death of Salesman rather than 20 years after. Still, director Michael Menendian and a strong, graceful ensemble find what gold there is in this tale of two brothers dividing up dad's possessions. Chuck Spencer delivers a particularly fine performance as the risk-adverse son who must face up to the possibility that he wasted his life taking care of an unworthy patriarch. Leonard Kraft is charming as a crafty appraiser who may or may not be a cheating the brothers. —Jack Helbig

Price: $15-$40


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