Arthur Miller classic challenges Communist paranoia
By John Wharton
Emmy-award winning actor David Suchet (best known for his portrayal of Agatha Christy’s Hercule Poirot on the BBC) will star in London’s Apollo Theater’s live performance of Arthur Miller’s masterpiece All My Sons to be shown Sunday, January 26, at 5pm at Shelter Theater.
All My Sons by Arthur Miller
Sun, Jan 26, 5pm
Vicente Guerrero 4
Colonia San Rafael
Part of Shelter Theater’s “Theater on Screen” series, the play was recorded live in high-definition in 2010 and won numerous awards, including Best Director by the Critics Circle for Howard Davies, Best Actress for co-star Zoe Wanamaker and Best Actor for Suchet. The show enjoyed a sell-out season in London’s West End.
All My Sons is Arthur Miller’s 20th-century classic play about social responsibility set against personal gain. It is based upon a true story, which Arthur Miller’s then mother-in-law pointed out in an Ohio newspaper. The news story described how in 1941–43 the Wright Aeronautical Corporation based in Ohio had conspired with army inspection officers to approve defective aircraft engines destined for military use.
The story of defective engines had reached investigators working for Senator Harry Truman’s congressional investigative board after several Wright aircraft assembly workers informed on the company; they would later testify under oath before Congress. The criticism of the American Dream, which lies at the heart of All My Sons, was one reason why Arthur Miller was called to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee during the 1950s, when America was gripped by anti-Communist hysteria.