Death of a Salesman opened last night, The Ides of March, at the Barrymore Theatre to a few mixed and otherwise glowing reviews. While almost all critics note the miscasting of the production, they must also note the powerful performances. Two time Tony-nominee, Philip Seymour Hoffman, is too young for the epic role of Willy Loman. Andrew Garfield is a bit slight and a bit boyish for Biff. And Linda Emond is too willful for uh…Linda. Regardless of these facts, Mike Nichols’s revival of Death of a Salesman is a paining, powerfully acted show that celebrates Arthur Miller’s 1949 masterpiece—complete with original sets and music—while still advancing the material in new light.
The opening was a star-studded event, with Meryl Streep, Diane von Furstenberg, Bernadette Peters, and many more in attendance. And twitter buzz is all raves. Below is out review roundup.