Arthur Miller's After the Fall, a Rarely Produced Classic
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Set in a fictional Indiana town during the Great Depression, Jim Leonard Jr.'s moving drama focuses on the friendship between an ex-preacher from Kentucky and a disturbed young boy. The boy -- deeply traumatized by a near-drowning in his past that led to the death of his mother -- is now terrified of water, but also gifted with the ability to divine its location. As the bond between these two grows, the preacher works with the boy to overcome his crippling fear of water. And when the townspeople, desperate for a spiritual leader, mistake an eventual bathing for a baptism, their confusion leads to some significant consequences in The Diviners. Learn More
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Very nicely done! Large cast (14 actors), all of whom were great. Set design was an interesting and unusual use of space. Good job with lighting, sound & costumes. Script was heavy and long (3 hours with 1 intermission), but well worth seeing. Director did a good job with shifts in time (ie: from present to distant past to near past, etc).
Miller’s ambitious and personal 1964 masterpiece explores a new sense of non-linear theatricality in its powerful study of one man’s search for meaning through his memories and relationships. Images and scenes intertwine, illuminating his humanity and probing into the revealing, often painful events of his past.
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