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T+L Reports: Miller's Tale

The ghost of Marilyn Monroe has always loomed large over Arthur Miller's autobiographical drama After the Fall. When the play was first produced in 1964, critics took Miller to task for the harsh characterization of Maggie, the play's leading female role, which was based in part on Monroe, his ex-wife who had died just two years prior. This summer, New York City's Roundabout Theatre Company, well known for its inventive stagings of Miller plays, mounts a new production starring Six Feet Under's Peter Krause as Quentin, a soul-searching lawyer, and Karen Sisco's Carla Gugino as Maggie, his troubled former wife. Director Michael Mayer and set designer Richard Hoover have relocated the play—usually staged on a series of platforms and stairs representing Quentin's imagination—to an ultramod 1960's airline VIP lounge inspired by Eero Saarinen's TWA Terminal, an Idlewild of the mind. July 29-September 5; www.roundabouttheatre.org.
—Bill Rosenfield

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