Nov 14, 201604:13 PMCulture
Fun and Culture in the Mid-State
Death of a Salesman at Gamut Theatre
Thomas Weavers revival of Death of a Salesman recently premiered at Gamut Theatre; the small set, ideally cast performers and skilled execution of each character all came together to create an intoxicating production.
This classic play, originally written by Arthur Miller in 1949 is the heart-rending and sometimes witty tale of Willy Loman. A salesman living in New York, Willy struggles to accept the reality of being an ordinary man. His unwillingness to take things for what they really are cause an extreme lack of satisfaction in his life, leading him into an endless cycle of lies and unfulfilled expectations.
Clark Nicholson’s accomplished depiction of Willy gives a vivid peek inside of this troubled man's mind. As a character who is constantly swaying in and out of reality, Nicholson comfortably portrays a cheerful and fully present individual who morphs into the confused and angry soul he tries to hide.
Sharia Benn plays alongside Nicholson as his wife Linda. Her role is more reserved but the energy she uses isn’t. Benn's presence on stage is like a bright light that our eyes want to continue watching to keep distracted from any emotional distress going on between the other characters.
Stand-out scenes for the cast include the dialogue between Linda, Biff and Happy near the end of Act One as well as the Willy and Howard's scene near the beginning of Act Two. The former being the first time we see Linda in an extreme vulnerable state. It’s a powerful scene that some may not agree is as vital to the story, but in this rendition, it stands out as one that makes great emotional tides. The latter is often agreed to be the most critical point throughout the play, which becomes evident as the scene and the rest of the story unfolds.
Again, the entire cast comes together to give viewers a professionally executed performance, exactly for what Gamut is known.
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