Play Review – No Villain
No Villain by Arthur Miller
Published by Josef Weinberger
2F, 6M plus others
From the publishers:
Written for a playwriting competition in 1936 and not performed until 2015, Arthur Miller’s first play contains many of the elements that would come to characterise later classics such as All My Sons, The Crucible and most notably of all Death of a Salesman. No Villain traces the declining fortunes and father son tensions of a New York Jewish family as an industry-wide strike proves disastrous for their garment-making business during the Great Depression.
Arthur Miller was born in Manhattan in 1915. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he began work with the Federal Theatre Project. His many award-winning plays include The Man Who Had All the Luck (1944), All My Sons (1947, Death of a Salesman (1949), An Enemy of the People (1950, adapted from Ibsen), The Crucible (1953), A Memory of Two Mondays and A View From the Bridge (presented as a double-bill in 1955), After the Fall (1964), Incident at Vichy (1964), The Price (1968), The Creation of the World and Other Business (1972), The Archbishop’s Ceiling (1977), The American Clock (1980), the double bills Danger: Memory! (1987) and Two Way Mirror (1988), The Ride Down Mount Morgan (1991), The Last Yankee (1993), Broken Glass (1994), Mr Peters’ Connections (1998), Resurrection Blues (2002) and Finishing the Picture (2004). Arthur Miller died in 2005.
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