Opening night brings standing ovation; final two performances today

Posted: May 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

After months of preparation, “Death of a Salesman” opened Friday to a large and appreciative audience at Mohawk Trail Regional High School.

Minutes into this drama, actors put to rest any doubt that a high school ensemble can portray the deep psychological suffering of characters decades older than themselves.

Leon Tuthill, Maxx Crowl, Chelsie Field and Theodor Gabriel led a deep cast into Arthur Miller’s exploration of an ordinary man’s quest to be a hero in his work, his family and his own mind.

Individual performances were among the best in the three years that the Mohawk Arts and Education Council has worked to restore serious drama to the school.

Word-of-mouth recommendations from members of Friday’s audience should bring a strong turnout today.

This is truly a show that people who enjoy live theater should not miss. Tuthill’s depiction of Willy Loman, in particular, is commanding, transformative and haunting. As his sons, Biff and Happy, Crowl and Gabriel reveal both the deep affection and the drift of siblings called together in early middle age to witness and foment a crisis in their childhood home.

And as the long-suppressed spouse Linda Loman, Field, in a quietly brilliant performance, defines what it means to love the troubled men in her life and at the same time hold them to account.

The show’s co-directors are Neale Gay and Scott Whitney, who perform in several key scenes. The stage manager is Rachel Glod.

The performance continues with shows at noon and 7 p.m. today, May 14, 2011. Tickets are available at the door at the school on Route 112 in Buckland. They are $7 for seniors and Mohawk students and $10 for the general public.
— LARRY PARNASS

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