The Cost of Living. "Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller. State Theatre Company [review]
Bramwell, Murray Ross
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When Arthur Miller wrote "Death of a Salesman" in a six week rush in the spring of 1948 his ambition was to write a play about the tragic fall of an ordinary man. He called his protagonist ‘Loman’ just to underline the point. But his play - subtitled "Certain Private Conversations in Two Acts and a Requiem" - reads as more than a quibble with Aristotle’s definition of the genre. In the fifty- something years since the play first astonished New York audiences, "Death of a Salesman" has only grown in stature as the forces Miller describes have become more apparent and the tribulations of the Loman family more painfully recognisable.