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posted Friday, April 1, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 13
Triumphant All My Sons proves universal
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Triumphant All My Sons proves universal

by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

All My Sons
Intiman Theatre
Through April 17


The product of a great director is apparent when you experience a production of a classic play that feels so right, yet has never before been produced that way. Valerie Curtis-Newton's production of All My Sons, a classic American play by Arthur Miller, feels just that right, even though her choice to change almost all the formerly Caucasian characters to African-American has not been done before by a major American company.

Curtis-Newton found historical information that backed her desire to transplant the play from its original somewhere-in-the-Midwest town to the Central District of Seattle. She found that it was plausible for an African-American businessman to perhaps have been an airplane parts supplier, and that the C.D. of that time was an integrated community, allowing her to cast one of the neighbor couples as white.

The basic story involves Joe Keller's denial of complicity in his factory's shipment of defective airplane engine parts to the Air Force during World War II. The parts were used in planes that crashed and caused the deaths of 21 young airmen. He has blamed it all on his friend, Steve, who is in prison, though everyone in town apparently believes that Joe got off scot-free and was guilty.

Miller's play unfolds all of that slowly, in bits and pieces, at first introducing the Keller family looking companionable, though still grieving their Air Force pilot son who went missing three years earlier. While Joe maintains his innocence, cracks appear in his story, revealing justifications for his actions that don't hold up to scrutiny, causing the disintegration of everything Joe holds dear.

The excellent Chuck Cooper plays Joe Keller with joviality and sauce, while Margot Moorer gives us a vinegar-and-spice, slightly off-balance Kate. Moorer and Cooper deliver a larger amount of humor than expected in their portrayals, which then allows the darker moments to feel that much more intense.

Reggie Jackson plays the younger son, Chris, who is looking to move on in his life and trying to adjust to the loss of his brother. Jackson moves believably through the broad range of emotions called for, as an impatient young man to ultimately anguished and broken son.

Curtis-Newton surely directs a talented ensemble along with a technical team that delivers superb support. A gorgeous C.D.-style frame house backyard by Matthew Smucker may be a little too plain for such a prosperous man, but easily fits our neighborhood, with its big barrel grill and light blue metal lawn chairs. The costumes, by Melanie Taylor Burgess, are perfect-period and gorgeous, as well. Also, lighting by Mary Louise Geiger and sound by Chris Walker frame the action well.

The play proves itself universally applicable. The writing is tight, and the ending gives a powerful message of the potential cost of unethical behavior. Given how many people have been hurt in our recession by the unethical behavior of a few who should have done better, it would be nice if they had their worlds turned so upside-down for them as this play's heavenly retribution visits Joe. But then, those bankers are real life, and this is wishful thinking.

For more information, go to www.intiman.org or call 206-269-1900.

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