Chicago Theatre Review
Raven's take on Arthur Miller's 'The Price'
By Devlyn Camp
Most anything done in life is based on the cost of doing it. Arthur Miller’s late ‘60s play The Price makes that very clear, and questions how money drives people – particularly families – together or apart. Raven’s new production is nothing short of a well-done rendering. The set by Amanda Rozmiarek is fully adorned with the chairs and chests and other furniture knick-knacks Victor wishes to sell. The design, to pop culture junkies, will
definitely evoke memories of J.K. Rowling’s Room of Requirement.
The performance of the four actors is moderate, the best of which is done by Leonard Kraft playing Jewish antique dealer Gregory Solomon. He is sharp and witty with his lines, as well as the overall comic relief next to other actors who never seem to know what to do with their hands. Overall, the play is interesting as an intelligent Miller play on the brilliant psychology of financial choices, but average in this specific construction. And after all, when then price here is $30, is it something worth two hours? Well, that’s your choice.
Raven Theatre Company
Through April 14, 2012
Tickets $30, available at raventheatre.com
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