Wednesday, January 7, 2009

All My Sons: A Four Star Delight

Sunday afternoon, my cousin Dana and I went to see “All My Sons.” Arthur Miller’s 1947 tale of a family torn apart by a father’s lies and a son’s disappearance during World War two, the play stars an incredible cast -- John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest, Patrick Wilson and Katie Holmes.

Haunted By The Past: Ann (Katie Holmes) and Chris (Patrick Wilson) try to move on from his brother’s disappearance in “All My Sons” (photo credit: Joan Marcus)

The story unfolds in front of the Keller family’s house, as they await a visit from missing Larry’ s fiancee, Ann (Holmes). Three years have passed and Larry’s brother Chris (Wilson) wants to marry Ann, enlisting the help of his father (Lithgow) in convincing his mother (Wiest) to accept that her other son isn’t coming home.

Lithgow and Wiest deliver knockout performances as grieving parents weighed down by a terrible secret. Wilson holds his own with the two acting veterans and has great chemistry with Holmes, who strikes just the right balance of heartfelt emotion and the kind of charm that only a glamorous bombshell can carry off.

“All My Sons” is also helped along by brilliant staging, with projected screen elements and haunting music effectively underscoring major plot points.

After the show, I joined the crowd of theatergoers hoping for a glimpse of the cast. Most of them stopped for pictures and autographs.

Actor Patrick Wilson greets fans after the show

The biggest response, though, came for the littlest star -- Suri Cruise.

Katie Holmes shows Suri off to the enchanted crowd

There was much oohing and ahhing when the 2-year-old emerged wrapped in a blanket in her mother’s arms. Katie Holmes beamed with pride at the crowd’s warm reception. Just another quiet day in New York City.

“All My Sons” takes its final bow on January 11th.

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