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Theatrical, Old Fashioned, and An Easy Way Out.
on January 19, 2015
Arthur Miller's play All My Sons brings out the worst in the drama genre. Act One takes a while to get into the central conflict even though there is a trick of focusing on a different but related conflict that seems to be, at first, major but is reduced to minor. Act Two is chaotic as many characters are suddenly raising their voices as they are wildly melodramatic in a "Don't, Joe...!" mode. Act Three lets Miller to take the easy way out by having the guilty party to commit suicide and leaving the play with an open-ended question.
I found the play too theatrical for my taste, and the conversations were outdated. Sometimes, they got ridiculous that my eyes rolled. Obviously, the characters were bringing everything out in the open for the purpose of reminding the audience what had happened in the past, so that's why I felt much of their conversations to be artificial. Anyway, I didn't care much for the characters as none of them was likeable. There was a strong familiarity of The Death of a Salesman in All My Sons. All in all, Arthur Miller, the hypocrite for refusing a relationship with his son for the rest of his life because he simply was born with Down syndrome, hammed it up and took the easy way out in All My Sons.