Drama: All My Sons

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Based on a true story, All My Sons is a 1947 play by Arthur Miller. The play was twice been adapted for the big screen, in both 1948 and 1987. It opened on Broad­way at the Coronet Theatre in New York City on Jan­uary 29, 1947. Miller wrote this play af­ter his first play, The Man Who Had All the Luck, flopped, last­ing only four per­for­mances. The play­wright took All My Sons as a fi­nal at­tempt at writ­ing a com­mer­cially suc­cess­ful play;, vow­ing to "find some other line of work" if the play did not find an au­di­ence. Miller’s writ­ing All My Sons of­ten shows his great re­spect for the great Gre­cian tragedies ofAeschy­lus and Euripi­des. Miller said of watch­ing the au­di­ence view his play: “the au­di­ence sat in si­lence be­fore the un­wind­ing of All My Sons and gasped when they should have, and I tasted that power which is re­served, I imag­ine, for play­wrights, which is to know that by one's in­ven­tion a mass of strangers has been pub­licly trans­fixed.

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