All My Sons
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Dates:  Tuesday 11th to Saturday 15th March 2014
Venue:  Swan Theatre Studio
Review


Synopsis:  What starts off as a relaxed image of American life as neighbours congregate in Joe Keller's back yard on a summer's evening develops into a play that is electrifying in its intensity. It concerns the fortunes of the Keller and Deever families. During the Second World War Joe Keller and Herbert Deever ran a machine shop, which made aeroplane parts. Deever was sent to prison because the firm turned out defective parts, causing the deaths of twenty-one pilots (the ‘all my sons’ of the title). Keller, however, went free and made a lot of money. The twin shadows of this catastrophe and the fact that Keller's son was reported missing during the war, dominate the action. The love affair of Chris Keller and Ann Deever, the bitterness of George Deever, returned from the war to find his father in prison and his father's partner free, are all set in a structure of almost unbearable power. Miller, one of the greatest dramatists of the 20th century, shows his masterly skill in exploring themes that are powerfully contemporary.

Author:  Arthur Miller
Director:  Tim Crow