LOOK BACK IN DANGER

NOVEMBER 2016

A LATE-LIFE ARTHUR MILLER CONSIDERS MEMORY AND TRUTH

Arthur Miller was called the “American Ibsen” by Time Magazine, an especially apt description for November’s offering from Readers Theatre Repertory, “Look Back in Danger,” a brace of Miller one-acts directed by Bob Martin.

In “I Can’t Remember Anything” and its companion piece, “Clara”, characters of Miller’s American generation look back over their lives and times, and take sharp stock of it all. Intentions are examined; assumptions are questioned; outcomes are considered in the sharp light of present day. “In the first play, old friends explore their shared past, shattering memories in a way,” says Martin, “while creating a new kind of connection.” In Clara, memory plays a darker role. “A father struggles to recall a name; a key to his daughter’s tragic end,” he says.

Out of the tension between the father and the detective on the case comes the kind of soul-searching that Miller was engaged in himself: he wrote his autobiography in 1987, the same year this pair of plays was written.

The cast includes Conor Eifler, Randy Patterson, Anthony Finocchiaro, Ariel Puls and Kathleen Worley 

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