The Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company presents Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Death of a Salesman. Directed by John Cooper, Death of a Salesman stars Tom McBeath as Willy Loman. Death of a Salesman is on stage at the Vancouver Playhouse (Hamilton & Dunsmuir) from Feb 12-Mar. 5, 2011.
I attended this well-acted production recently that saw this brilliant cast wow the audience. Death of a Salesman attempts to raise a counterexample to Aristotle’s characterization of tragedy as the downfall of a great man: though Loman certainly has hamartia, a tragic flaw or error, his downfall is that of an ordinary man. In this sense, Miller’s play represents a democratization of the ancient form of tragedy; the play’s protagonist is himself obsessed with the question of greatness, and his downfall arises directly from his continued misconception of himself—at age 63—as someone capable of greatness, as well as the unshakable conviction that greatness stems directly from personal charisma or popularity.
My friend Daniel Arnold (Bernard) is stellar in his Playhouse debut. A graduate of UofA’s BFA Acting Program, Daniel has performed across Canada. Tom McBeath (Willy Loman) celebrates his 25th production with the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company with an incredible performance. Genevieve Fleming (Miss Forsythe) is outstanding in her Playhouse debut.
Tickets can be reserved online at vancouverplayhouse.com, by calling the Playhouse Box Office at 604 873 3311, or in person at the theatre box office at Hamilton & Dunsmuir (Mon.-Fri., 10am-5pm).