Arthur Miller's Rarely Produced Classic A Memory of Two Mondays
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American Blues Theater presents a live radio-style performance of Frank Capra's holiday masterpiece on stage at Greenhouse Theater Center. This has been a holiday tradition in Chicago since 2002, and this year's performance once again features the original director and ensemble that have warmed hearts for many holiday seasons. Complete with live sound effects, an original score and a cast of eight wonderful actors who bring the typical small town of Bedford Falls to life on stage, It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! recreates a 1940s-era radio broadcast of the heartwarming tale of troubled George Bailey's Christmas Eve journey through his life history. The production includes holiday carols, live commercials from actual local sponsors, telegrams from the audience read on stage and a "Soldier Spotlight," which honors one serviceman or servicewoman during each performance. After the show, the entire audience is invited to join the cast and crew for milk and cookies. Learn More
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Featured review from Jim
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It was interesting to have the opportunity to see an early work by Arthur Miller. (Important to put it in context of his writing career.) A lot of social consciousness with themes that were more fully developed in later works, but not as powerfully written nor as complex and, of course, briefer at 75 minutes.
I thought the production played the comedic elements too broadly. It was a small touching play with some humor. This production played some scenes as a raucous comedy. The Agnes character was particularly over the top. That said, I thought the lead was rather good (as well as the supporting actor, the Irishman) and the staging and entire look of the show was quite good. The Jim character had a great scene at the end that he could have done more with. In short, I was not moved because the production did not bring out the sadness of the characters in the script. This is an angry play about what our industrial/capitalistic society does to the souls of many of its people. Artists are often the only ones in our society to escape with their emotions, self-awareness, and integrity intact.
Set in a 1930s Brooklyn automobile parts warehouse with a strong cast of richly detailed characters, Miller draws on his own personal experience to explore the monotonous struggle to make a living and the dreams of a young man yearning for a college education in the midst of people stumbling through life in a haze of hopelessness and despondency.
About the Playwright:
Arthur Miller was one of the leading American playwrights of the twentieth century. Living through young adulthood during the Great Depression, Miller was shaped by the poverty that surrounded him, which demonstrated to him the fragility and vulnerability of human existence in the modern era. He was a prominent figure in American theatre, writing dramas that include awards-winning plays such as All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, and The Crucible. Miller won a Tony Award for Death of a Salesman as well as a Pulitzer Prize.
Miller was often in the public eye from the late 1940s to the early 1960s, a period during which he testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee. About his work, Miller once said, "Well, all the plays that I was trying to write were plays that would grab an audience by the throat and not release them, rather than presenting an emotion which you could observe and walk away from." Arthur Miller passed away in 2005 at the age of 89, leaving a legacy that has forever shaped the American character and literary landscape.
About the Ticket Supplier: Eclipse Theatre Company
Eclipse Theatre Company chooses one playwright per season and focuses on the works of that playwright only. Through this total immersion in a specific playwright's world, the ensemble gains a thorough understanding of that playwright and the circumstances of his/her writing in order to bring a more concentrated and literate representation of that playwright to the audience.
Playwrights who have written more than three plays are eligible for consideration, as well as playwrights who have shown a definite range of growth throughout their careers. On deciding which plays to perform, a great factor is the challenge that the piece presents to the ensemble and its audience.
Since the inception of the one playwright-one season mission in 1997, playwrights that have been featured with Eclipse include French Playwright Jean Cocteau; Legendary American Playwrights Tennessee Williams, Lillian Hellman and Neil Simon, New York Playwrights Romulus Linney and John Guare, and Chicago native Keith Reddin.