HAMILTON – The Palace Players presented Arthur Miller’s Death Of A Salesman last Friday and Saturday at The Palace Theater – the cast performing for a packed house both nights – the standing ovation at the conclusion of the performance rightfully earned.
Protagonist Willy Loman is 63 years old with a wife and two grown sons. He has been a salesman his entire life, but has difficulty making ends meet, and his sales skills - along with his health - are diminishing. He wants nothing but success for his boys and to be able to care for his wife, yet he finds that his goal of fulfilling the “American Dream” may not be attainable after all.
The Palace Theater is a unique venue in that the audience is truly a part of the production along with the cast. The cast not only utilized the stage, but aisles were often used as avenues for flash-back scenes.
“Every time one of the actors exhales, you are inhaling that energy and it is being moved around the room,” said Producer Patricia von Mechow. “Know that you are a part of this as well.”