Presented by Roundabout Theatre Company
By Arthur Miller
Directed by Terry Kinney
Cast: Danny DeVito, Jessica Hecht, Mark Ruffalo, Tony Shalhoub
Scenic Design: Derek McLane
Costume Design: Sarah Holden
Lighting Design: David Weiner
Sound Design: Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen
Original Compositions: Jesse Tabish
Hair & Wig Design: Tom Watson
Fight Director: Thomas Schall
First Performance February 16, 2017
Opening March 16, 2017
Final Performance May 7, extended through May 14, 2017
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When the Great Depression cost his family their fortune, Victor Franz (Ruffalo) gave up his dream of an education to support his father. Three decades later, Victor has returned to his childhood home to sell the remainder of his parents’ estate. His wife, his estranged brother, and the wily furniture dealer hired to appraise their possessions all arrive with their own agendas, forcing Victor to confront a question, long-stifled, about the value of his sacrifice.
One of the most personal plays by the consummate voice of the American everyman, Arthur Miller’s The Price is a riveting story about the struggle to make peace with the past and create hope for the future.
Roundabout Theatre Company welcomes back Jessica Hecht after her star turn opposite Jim Parsons in Harvey in 2012.
Roundabout has an extensive history with Arthur Miller, most recently presenting After the Fall in 2004 and The Man Who Had All the Luck in 2002 on the American Airlines stage. Other productions include a Tony-nominated production of The Price in 1992 and All My Sons (1974 & 1997), The Crucible (1989), and the Tony-winning revival of A View from the Bridge (1997).
Alexis Soloski – New York Times
Sympathetically directed and ardently acted, there’s much to enjoy in this Roundabout Theater Company revival, which opened Thursday night at the American Airlines Theater. Yet it shows “The Price” as a smaller, more stolid work than it wants to be — still just a little out of style.
Marilyn Stasio – Variety
Arthur Miller is back on Broadway with “The Price,” a rarely-revived play written in the 1960s, with strong references to the 1930s, that still reverberates with meaning for the 2010s. Let’s just say that the dramatic themes and human conflicts are timeless. Terry Kinney, a founding member of Steppenwolf Theater, directs a superlative cast consisting of Mark Ruffalo, Tony Shalhoub, Jessica Hecht, and Danny DeVito, who make this revival a treasured experience.
Jeremy Gerard – Deadline
Has there ever been a better gift to scenery-chewing actors than The Price? This is, after all, a play so chock full of delectable scenery that half of it is hanging from the ceiling. No wonder Arthur Miller’s 1968 breast-beater is irresistible to actors of a show-boating bent and the theatergoers who worship them. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but The Price is, at best, a master’s second-tier work – Miller lite. Many of its qualities and all its flaws are thrown into relief in Terry Kinney’s damask-heavy revival, which opened Thursday night at Broadway’s American Airlines Theatre in a Roundabout production starring DeVito, Mark Ruffalo, Tony Shalhoub and Jessica Hecht.
Robert Hofler – The Wrap
As for “The Price,” it’s difficult to say what director Terry Kinney means to tell us about the play with this production’s four diverging performances. Adding to the confusion is Derek McLane’s overly grand stage design. We’re not stuck in a little attic observing a family drama here. McLane floats much of the for-sale furniture above the actors’ heads, and beyond is a city skyscape of water towers and billowing clouds that dwarf the characters.
Tim Teeman – The Daily Beast
You can see why there might be tears watching it: a lesser-known play in the Miller canon, it focuses, like Death of a Salesman and All My Sons, on the emotional knots of fathers and sons, and a lot of very vexed ghosts of the past, and money and its own complicated and perverting force within families. This, as many know only too well, only becomes evident after the death of a parent, and the divisions of the spoils begins.
Matthew Murray – Talkin’ Broadway
Subtlety is no great hallmark of Arthur Miller’s plays. In some he hides this better (Death of a Salesman) than others (The Crucible), but each must contend with the playwright’s natural didacticism that makes them at once compelling and frustrating. This affliction is seldom more pronounced in his oeuvre than it is in his 1968 effort The Price, something you’re keenly aware of throughout Terry Kinney’s otherwise fine revival for Roundabout at the American Airlines. The glimmering members of its all-star cast grasp for every chance they can to sparkle, only exacerbating the fact that isolated moments, of greatness and mediocrity alike, are about all this play is built on.
Joe Dziemianowicz – NY Daily News
If you squint real hard you might see a slight physical resemblance between Mark Ruffalo and Tony Shalhoub as they play siblings in “The Price.” The thick hair, dusted with gray. The shape of their faces. The builds. Then again, if you don’t see much of a likeness that works too. The two men are complete opposites in this almost 50-year-old Arthur Miller drama, now on Broadway in a new Roundabout production at the American Airlines Theatre that can’t mask the play’s weaknesses but compensates a bit with some strong acting.
Joe McGovern – Entertainment Weekly
Thanks to his 40 years of work in movies and on TV — and his uniquely gnome-like, non-leading-man qualities — Danny DeVito is a performer with probably close to 100 percent name recognition. Me and you and everyone we’ve ever met know DeVito, whether from Taxi or Twins or Batman Returns or It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. And yet the actor is strangely underappreciated for his extraordinary comic timing, humongous heart, and inimitable presence. His unforgettable performance in Arthur Miller’s The Price is serious reminder that DeVito belongs in the pantheon of greats. His supporting role — and the 72-year-old’s Broadway debut — completely steals the spotlight in this wobbly revival of one of Miller’s (deservedly) lesser-known plays about American male remorse and angst.
Chris Jones – Chicago Tribune
Kinney’s production features a haunting set by Derek McLane (richly lit by David Weiner), wherein stuff hangs pointlessly in the air, just as your stuff probably hangs over the heads of your kids. I think Kinney’s direction fundamentally understands the currency of this play. Hecht, for example, clearly gets the quiet trauma of what is being bought and sold, and both Ruffalo and Shalhoub have individual vulnerability, even if you don’t always believe they are in this, for better or worse, as brothers. It’s in the long, late-in-the-play argument that things are rougher: Shalhoub, in particular, feels prepackaged and overly slick in his admonitions and truisms, which is a reasonable approach to this character, but a choice that impacts the spontaneity of what we are watching.
Roma Torre – NY1
It’s not quite Arthur Miller’s best, but given the playwright’s tremendous gifts, “The Price” is still a compelling drama and one that’s, uncharacteristically for Miller, loaded with humor. The 1968 play, like much of Miller’s work, explores the American Dream. And in this revival it’s blessed, at least on paper, with a dream cast.
Christopher Kelly – NJ.com
Arthur Miller’s 1968 play “The Price” rarely gets mentioned in the same breath as his classics “The Crucible,” “Death of a Salesman” and “A View from the Bridge.” Director Terry Kinney’s extraordinary new revival of the show — starring a dream team cast that includes Mark Ruffalo, Danny DeVito, Tony Shalhoub, and Jessica Hecht — makes the convincing argument that the play deserves as much attention as any in the Miller canon.
Matt Windman – AM New York
Last season, the centennial of Arthur Miller’s birth was marked by Broadway revivals of “A View from the Bridge” and “The Crucible” by the experimental Belgian director Ivo van Hove. But wouldn’t it have been more productive to examine some of Miller’s lesser-known plays rather than resort to shock value and over-the-top visual displays in an awkward attempt to spruce up his most-famous tragedies? For instance, off-Broadway’s Signature Theatre Company recently staged Miller’s World War II thriller “Incident at Vichy.” And now the Roundabout Theatre Company (which just reached its own semicentennial) is reviving Miller’s family drama “The Price” with a solid, unexpectedly compelling production led by Danny DeVito (who is making his Broadway debut at age 72), Mark Ruffalo, Tony Shalhoub and Jessica Hecht.