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After the Fall

Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
4 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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Arthur Miller's famous autobiographical drama takes place inside the tortured mind of a 40-year-old lawyer. Quentin is haunted by his disastrous affair with a needy sex symbol, a character rumored to be based on Marilyn Monroe, Miller's second wife.

(P)1999 L.A. Theatre Works

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  • Maria
  • NSW, Australia
  • 05-22-10

Stay with it

This play can be a bit confusing at first as it establishes characters and weaves backwards and forwards from the present to the past. It is rewarding if you can stay with it and not be put off early. A play you can listen to a few times without being bored. A great insight into the mind and life of the playwright during his time with Marilyn Monroe.

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Not one of his best....

Too much thinking about the same ideas. Very repetitious. Sometimes people are such idealists and they think too much. Guilt seemed a big part of his life. Miller didn’t connect well with women and didn’t make a great husband. He lived in his head with his thoughts and was married to his writing.
As to Marilyn, she was damaged goods and had no self worth. Mental problems ran in her family and how Miller ever believed she would be a good wife showed that even a great thinker could be quite stupid about important matters in life. This play really annoyed me in many ways.

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Genius! A Textbook Lesson in BPD

This can be a tough listen--flashbacks, interior monologues, etc. Nevertheless, Miller extends the lines to all the dots--and creates a dramatic constellation of heartache and grief that flashes fame, fortune and drugs against a toxic political backdrop. Every character is damaged; imagine LONG DAY'S JOURNEY played against the Red Scare. The actress portraying Maggie is phenomenal--sensitive, vulnerable and world-weary--all in a 40 minute progression. In fact, all the actresses are top-drawer. OMG--Quentin's mother and first wife are beyond memorable. I listen to this play at least 2X a week. Miller's MISFITS should have had this power. AFTER THE FALL is a must-buy!