In any debate over who the greatest American playwright of all time might be, Arthur Miller's name must at least be mentioned. Most are familiar with his masterpieces -- "Death of a Salesman," "The Crucible," "All My Sons" and a few others.
"The Price" may not be as familiar nor as weighty as some of Miller's other works, but it's regarded as one of his most entertaining. It debuted in 1968 and was Miller's most successful play since "Death of a Salesman," almost 20 years earlier. It lost out in the Tony race for Best Play to "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," but there's no shame in that.
"The Price" is the first offering in the three-show summer season for Sarasota's Banyan Theater Company. It opens its three-week run tonight.
It takes place in the attic of a New York City brownstone, soon to be demolished, where two estranged brothers meet with an antiques dealer. The dealer is there to put a price on the family's belongings that clutter the attic.
Long-time followers of Banyan Theater may recall that the company staged a very successful and acclaimed production of "The Price" in 2003.
Details: Through June 26-July 13 in the Cook Theatre at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Show times: 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. No performance July 4. Tickets: $28.50; students $8 with ID. Information: 941-351-2808, banyantheatercompany.com.
-- Marty Clear