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Death of a Salesman
Death of a Salesman

Death of a Salesman
Redtwist Theatre
Thru - Mar 26, 2017

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Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended

"...Director Scott's production is really about the performances - small things, like the way Parry's Willy, on his way to work, distractedly says, "Eh, goodbye, I'm late" - and he also has a couple of aces up his sleeve in the smaller roles of Charley (played by Adam Bitterman) and Charley's son, Bernard, the bookworm-turned-hotshot lawyer (played by Devon J. Nimerfroh). The way Nimerfroh finesses that late pivotal scene with Willy, when he delicately tries to get to the bottom of the Loman family neurosis - it's just terrific, a wonderful bit of hesitancy and confidence, all of it coming through in his body language."
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Nina Metz



Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended

"...A fine cast under Steve Scott's direction for Redtwist delivers a moving, emotionally intimate rendition of Arthur Miller's Pulitzer-winning 1949 masterpiece-the story of a Brooklyn family whose belief in an illusory American dream (in which being "well liked" is the key to happiness in "the greatest country in the world") has locked them into destructive patterns of denial and dishonesty."
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Albert Williams



Chicago On the Aisle- Highly Recommended

"...Brian Parry's heartbreaking performance as Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" at Redtwist Theatre is the finest work I've seen on a Chicago stage this season. A virtually tactile experience in a tiny, in-your-face venue, this is gigantic acting on the most intimate scale."
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Lawrence B. Johnson



ChicagoCritic- Recommended

"...Death of a Salesman is an American classic, and Redtwist's production does it modest justice. If you've never seen it staged, it's definitely worth seeing; if you have, there's nothing outstanding in this production to regret skipping it."
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August Lysy



NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended

"...As the delusional salesman Willy Loman, whose mediocre career has brought him neither fame nor wealth, Brian Parry pinballs between arrogance, bombastic rage, fatherly pedantry and childish entitlement, all hovering menacingly above the abyss of his failure as a man and his desperation not to know it. Matt Edmonds is heartbreakingly earnest as his elder son, Biff, the former football star who never went to college and can't hold down a job. Benjamin Kirberger plays the playboy younger son, Happy, the overgrown child as imperceptive of his father's woes as his father was to his. Jan Ellen Graves gives strength and weight to Willy's wife, Linda, who holds the family together with equal parts of blindness and insight."
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Irene Hsiao



Buzznews.net- Highly Recommended

"...The intimate space at Redtwist Theatre makes for an overwhelming experience. In many of the scenes there's an almost voyeuristic feel. As if you're in someone's living room listening to something you shouldn't. Director Steve Scott uses this atmospheric effect to create a palpable intensity. After the lights go out on the final scene, an audience gasped in unison."
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John Accrocco



Picture This Post- Highly Recommended

"...These are powerhouse performances, with the possible exception of the re-enactments of childhood scenes where the decision to simplify many of the characters into more cartoon-like stereotypes somewhat puzzles. On the other hand, this perhaps helps us to cherish their nuanced performances by these actors in their adult character roles-the two sons portrayed by Matt Edmonds and Benjamin Kirbirger and Devon J. Minerfroh as Charley's son Bernard."
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Amy Munice