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Ruskin Group Theatre
3000 Airport Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90405
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4.1 / 5 Rated by 61 members
Review from Bernadette G.
146 events 65 reviews

We really enjoyed this performance which generated a discussion among the three of us (seniors) relating to the Depression, worker's rights, leaving a place of employment, collective family memory of hard times etc., so I would say that the...continued

reviewed Jun 12 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Wendy Bass Scharf
283 events 127 reviews

Arthur Miller at his best.
Lively play, lots of action going on at all times.
Well cast, actors were quite accomplished.
Scenic design was great, loved all the old-time props and decorations.
Highly recommend, go see for yourself!

reviewed Jun 10 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Teri
71 events 7 reviews

I didn’t hv much expectation prior seeing this play honestly…I figured I’ve got nothing to loose w/such of a bargain tix price offered by GoldStar. However, I'm so glad I made it! The casting of all 11 actors is just excellent! I’m usually very...continued

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“Excellent direction…wonderful cast. A play you will definitely remember long after you leave the theater” —
“All the actors, under the scrupulous direction of Amelia Mulkey, are uniformly excellent. Watch next year’s Ovation Awards here in L.A. for kudos for this outstanding ensemble production.” —Santa Monica Daily Press
“The Ruskin Group takes on one of Arthur Miller’s lesser known plays and manages to make it into a powerhouse presentation, primarily because of the tight direction by Amelia Mulkey and the wonderfully committed performances by the large cast.” —
“This is a must see, drop everything, go there now production!” —SoCal


Directed by Amelia Mulkey

Arthur Miller’s autobiographical play will be staged at the Ruskin Group Theatre for a limited time. The play elegantly, and hilariously at times, depicts the way a common experience can bond people together.

Miller says of the era, “There were two occasions when Americans lived through a common experience, not in the first world war or even the second, or in Korea, or even Vietnam, but in the Civil War and the Great Depression, that is when everybody was in the same boat…and perhaps we understood each other a little bit better then.”

Set during a time of 25% unemployment, Miller’s play conjures the dreams of a young man yearning for a college education and a life beyond the hopelessness of the 1930s Great Depression. Originally produced on Broadway in 1955, this piece draws from the playwright’s own experiences, and focuses on several working-class characters diligently earning a living in a Brooklyn automobile parts warehouse. The Broadway revival production was recognized with 9 Drama Desk Award nominations, a Tony, and Theatre World Award.

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