'Death of a Salesman' opens in Dallas

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by GARY COGILL

WFAA-TV

Posted on April 23, 2010 at 10:00 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 23 at 3:49 PM

A Pulitzer Prize-winning classic by Arthur Miller opens Friday at the Wyly Theatre in Dallas.

The Dallas Theatre Center's production of "Death Of A Salesman" is emotional and powerful.

The play is a monumental piece of American theater and the current staging at the Wyly is a powerhouse production.

At center stage, you'll find film and Broadway veteran, Jeffrey DeMunn, as Willy Loman.

He is a dreamer in crisis: a failing salesman with a wife who loves him dearly and two confused sons.

DeMunn's performance is so spot on, so multi-layered, so complicated, it's a marvel to watch. So is resident actress, Sally Vahle, as his wife, Linda Loman.

This stark, compelling, intimate production builds tension like a pressure cooker and includes a knock-out performance by Matthew Gray as the wandering son, Biff.

Director Amanda Dehnert's choice to use lighting for location, rather than building a literal set, is a stroke of genius that ultimately pays off in Miller's tragic conclusion.

"Death Of A Salesman" runs three hours with an intermission, and you won't find a better local ensemble of actors anywhere, anytime.

E-mail: gcogill@wfaa.com

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