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Quite accidentally, I was asked to review another Arthur Miller play in Oxford… this one was a special rendition of ‘All My Sons.’
Three months in, it has already become clear that the Arthur Miller centenary this year is not going to pass unnoticed in Oxford. Last month saw the Sheldonian Theatre stage an impressive student performance of The Crucible. This week the Oxford Playhouse hosts an original take on the play that would become Miller’s first critical success, All My Sons: a production by the Talawa Theatre Company, who describe themselves as “Britain’s primary Black-led theatre company.” Directed by Michael Buffong, the company delivers All My Sons with an all-Black cast. Their tour is a reprise of the same production from 2013, although the director emphasises that the relation to the centenary is a coincidence.
Based upon a true story, All My Sons is set in 1947, and most young men have come home from the war. The two sons of Joe Keller, who made money during the war manufacturing…
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