Finishing Touches : A Play in Two Acts


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His third wife, photographer Inge Morath Joanne Kelly , pregnant with their son, stands nearby. In this homespun tableau, all seems serene.

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His wife — her belly protruding with their second child — casts adoring glances. Yet the lighting by Philip Rosenberg — creeping from stage left, casts deep shadows across the stage. There is a suggestion, immediately perceived, that darkness is crawling toward their happy home. Yet a few successful scenes does not a satisfactory play make. Overall, the conflict here is presented with insufficient power; its domestic tragedy is not propelled along its inevitably troubling course. Some scenes are weighed down with agonizingly leaden banter between husband and wife.

The upshot is that the actors sometimes seem lost on stage. He and his wife are informed by Dr. Wise Joanna Glushak in a hospital room festooned with flowers that their newborn son has Down syndrome.

This Miller is content to rub his chin — he is a statue who listens. Perhaps this contemplative stance is meant to convey the inner workings of a deep thinker, the man who gave us Death of a Salesman. But a play must reveal as much as it hides. In Fall , Miller comes to his momentous decision to institutionalize his infant son in a distinctly low-key manner.

Weinraub peppers the play with allusions to history, trying to drum up an insightful tableaux of Bigger Events.

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He has also translated a number of works from Russian, including plays by Chekhov and Tolstoy. He also wrote the screenplay for the film Clockwise. She has dressed sets for 30 years, first working alongside her beloved late husband, Peter, and now with her gifted son, Sean. She would like to thank all our wonderful supporters who have generously lent furniture and props over all these years, and, of course, our patrons who have kept the theater alive here in Quogue.

He currently works on high end residential construction.

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He has designed lighting for theater, dance and special events in a number of Broadway, Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway and regional venues. He has also worked in film and television as the director of photography. She is happy to be working with her dear friend Diana and this amazing cast. Much love to her boys, Josh and Noah, family and great friends. Many thanks to director Diana Marbury for her never ending dedication to HTC, to the outstanding cast who make each day a treat with their talent and wit, and to all the techs whose hard work never lets us down.

A special thank you to Rebecca Edana for helping her during the rehearsal process. Maryam has also helped Sebastian with lighting setup at Guild Hall, the Ross School, and other local venues. After retiring from the legal department of Bristol Myers Squibb, Julia began a second career as a volunteer, initially for Literacy Suffolk, HTC and the Southampton Animal Shelter, where she wrote grants and worked in fundraising.

She continues to write grants and help with marketing for several local nonprofits. Julia would like to thank all of her dedicated House Assistants for their continued support. Directed with a sharp sense of comic timing by Diana Marbury, the Andrew Botsford, Rosemary Cline, George Loizides and Jane Lowe quartet plays this and other couple configurations, delivering relatable absurdity to everyday domesticity.

Costumes by Teresa LeBrun say it all in terms of class.

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Now we know what complete strangers really think of us. The play has evolved since We understand why Frayn dropped the short about pay phones. But what about the one on squeezed-together airline passengers? Still, it seems hyper-relevant now. Certainly nearly everyone who has partaken of that rite of survival of the species thinks they know what that might sound like. Not so fast. But a play must reveal as much as it hides.

In Fall , Miller comes to his momentous decision to institutionalize his infant son in a distinctly low-key manner. Weinraub peppers the play with allusions to history, trying to drum up an insightful tableaux of Bigger Events. The factoids are supposed to suggest the whirlwind of activities that distracted Miller from the decline of his literary output, the cruel reception he received from the critics post- Salesman , and his family life.

But this theatrical device is pretty stale, looking especially potted once the script catches fire, as when Miller and Morath tussle with one another, when her emotions long suppressed finally emerge in a rage against her husband. But once that ache passes, Fall ends up chronicling bouts of pacing and moaning. When the partitions open and furniture moves about there are welcome signs of theatrical life. But scene changes a drama does not make. I think you have underestimated this play.

Agree that the Daniel character could have been more prominent. The review, happily, was quite wide of the mark. We enjoyed the play immensely, and left with a tear in our eye. In the future I will read reviews by Mr Israel with greater skepticism. The play was a very effective portrayal of Arthur Miller and Ingrid Morath. The story belongs more to Morath and her arc is particularly touching.

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