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  Death of a Salesman at Ford's Theatre

Death of a Salesman

Ford's Theatre
511 Tenth Street, N.W. Washington

Ironically, one of Death of a Salesman's most misquoted lines -- "Attention must be paid!" -- is its most accurate advertisement. For attention must be paid to this iconic drama which packs a timeless emotional punch with its unflinching examination of the American Dream -- not to mention that it was also hailed by The New York Times as "one of the finest dramas in the whole range of the American theater." Death of a Salesman centers around the aging Willy Loman, who, after a lifetime as an unfulfilled traveling salesman, finds himself at the end of his career -- and the end of his tether. Winner of both the Pulitzer and the Tony for Best Play in 1949, Arthur Miller's classic still retains every ounce of its emotional impact to this day. Experience the epic extremes of humor and anguish, promise and loss at Ford's Theatre.

Thru - Oct 22, 2017

Tuesdays: 7:30pm
Wednesdays: 7:30pm
Thursdays: 11:00am & 7:30pm
Fridays: 7:30pm
Saturdays: 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sundays: 2:00pm


Box Office: 202-347-4833

www.fords.org/performances/current-and-upcoming/death-of-a-salesman


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  Death of a Salesman Reviews
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Washington Post - Recommended

"...The show that director Stephen Rayne has fashioned is big and faithful, unfolding in the maze of Willy’s head on a set dominated by floating windows and hard brick walls. The midcentury cityscape is penning Willy in, and you can feel how close this fretful, broke old man is to getting sucked into one of the empty black pockets looming in Tim Mackabee’s design."
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Nelson Pressley


MetroWeekly - Highly Recommended

"...Disillusionment and despair loom darkly over Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. There are few leavening doses of humor to lessen the sting of big dreams gone unfulfilled and potential squandered in the tragic story of traveling salesman Willie Loman."

Andre Hereford


BroadwayWorld - Highly Recommended

"...Ford's Theatre's must-see production is raw and gripping in its emotional intensity. Led by Craig Wallace's powerhouse performance as Willy Loman, Miller's Pulitzer Prize winning play is as relevant now, maybe more so, in its questioning of the American dream as it was when it first opened. Watching Willy attempt to cope with the end of his career as a traveling salesman, and reflecting on his failures as a father and businessman, Ford's Theatre's revival leads us to ask: is the American dream even attainable?"
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Benjamin Tomchik


Talkin Broadway - Highly Recommended

"...With his powerful presence and voice, Wallace clearly shows how Willy has spent his life fooling himself and those around him. Listen to the ways he contradicts himself, or how he tells rosy stories of his successes in business but then has to reckon with the reality of the situation and make excuses for his shortcomings. Keegan, whose frustration builds to a boil, and slick, hotheaded Gavigan strike sparks with each other and with Wallace, and Schraf shines in both joy and sorrow. The other standout is Frederick Strother as Willy's brother Ben, a fearless and ruthless man who embodies Willy's conception of success."
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Susan Berlin


DC Metro Theater Arts - Highly Recommended

"...Ingeniously interweaving illusions, flashbacks and fantasies with reality, which is expertly reinforced with Pat Collins’ lighting, Ford’s Theatre’s emotionally-enriched production highlights the “everyman” in Miller’s story that speaks to each of us."
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Gina Jun


MD Theatre Guide - Highly Recommended

"...Director Stephen Rayne gives the audience an unshakable, gut-wrenching production of “Death of a Salesman,” focusing on the text, letting the words of Miller speak for itself."
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Mark Beachy


DCTheatreScene - Highly Recommended

"...Wallace is a powerful actor, capable of bathing the stage in swagger and menace, but he brings a surprising amount of vulnerability to his portrayal of Willy. His Willy is a dramatic version of the comic character Jackie Gleason created for The Honeymooners; his bluster somehow makes him more endearing to us. Of course, Willy is in danger of death from the first moment of the play, as Ralph Kramden never was, but — aided by Schraf’s dead-on timing as Linda — he consistently lets the air out of his bluster at exactly the right moment. There are a surprising number of moments during this powerful drama where the audience bursts out into startled laughter."
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Tim Treanor


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