It is very rare for Keith to jump to his feet at the end of a performance, so when he does you know he really liked it. At the end of All My Sons, he was the first person to stand. I was right beside him (after I got over my shock of seeing him standing before me!)
But it was a wonderful performance. The cast were so good it is hard to comment on anyone in particular, although the look on Lucy Peacock’s face as she goes into the house to find what Joe has done was riveting. We were seated by the stage exit in the new section, so had a close up view of her. Tragic is the only word that seems appropriate.
Joseph Ziegler was great as Joe Keller as was Tim Campbell as Chris Keller. You expect Joseph to be great, but Tim Campbell was a surprise. Even more surprising was to find that he has been at Stratford for seven years already. Sarah Afful and Michael Blake were terrific as Ann and George Deever.
Martha Henry directed the play and did a wonderful job, adapting to the new in the round format without a hitch. And I loved the new format.
This is the second Arthur Miller play we have seen this month. I have now become a fan and will look for other plays by him. He writes dramas and tragedies, so it is never a light evening of entertainment when you go to one of his plays, but if you want to think about the big issues, they provide a great medium to lay our the issues and get you thinking.