ARTHUR MILLER DRAMA CALCULATES COSTS


BONNIE GOLDBERG

Love and relationships can be likened to an onion, with layers of meaning that can be peeled back to reveal truths. Stripping off each covering can be painful or sweet, depending upon what has happened in the past. For two brothers, Victor and Walter Franz, the unveiling is the revelation of past problems.

On the surface, Arthur Miller’s timeless classic “The Price” is about the value of a man’s apartment of furniture, a hodgepodge of chairs and sofas, radios and picture frames, lamps and record player, accumulated over a lifetime. A sweet but crafty antique dealer, beautifully played by R. Bruce Connelly, who can make eating a hard boiled egg a work of art, has been summoned to determine the amount of money he is willing to pay to take the entire contents.

Until Sunday, December 1, the Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury will be stuffed, thanks to scenic designer Daniel Husvar, with a treasure trove of items that mark the substance of a life, from a beloved harp once played by the wife to the fencing equipment once used by one son.

Victor Franz (Charlie Kevin) and his wife Esther (Denise Walker) are overseeing the disposal of his dead father’s estate, hoping that the price of the goods will make their financial struggle a bit easier, maybe even allow Victor to retire from his job as a policeman to go into a more rewarding career path.

Long ago Victor had a serious falling out with his brother Walter (Jon Krupp), a successful surgeon, and the past is coming back to slap him in the face as he confronts the memories stored in his father’s home. Resentments and angers surface as the two brothers meet among the family clutter and try to reconcile their enormous differences.

The presence of the antique dealer acts as a buffer and referee in their emotional battle of wills. Semina De Laurentis directs this family drama that will resonate in many hearts whenever something or someone of value is in dispute.

For tickets ($31-45.50), call Seven Angels Theatre, Plank Road, Waterbury at 203-757-4676 or online at www.sevenangelstheatre.org. Performances are Thursday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Coming up at Seven Angels are "Home for the Holidays" on Saturday and Sunday on December 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. when Tony De Sare and Tom Santopietro will share Christmas songs and stories. On Friday, December 13 to Sunday, December 22, "Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical" will magically appear as a perfect family Christmas classic.

For a little Grinch in your holiday stocking, visit with Rob Bartlett and Tony Powell in the hysterical "I'm Dreaming of a Black and White Christmas" on Sunday, December 15 at 7 p.m.  Finally, usher in 2014 with an emphasis on your funny bone. Choice 6:30 pm. or 9:30 p.m for Standup -- Count Down New Year's Eve Comedy Night. Call 203-757-4676 for reservations.

In a world set four decades after the 1929 stock market crash, two brothers meet to resolve the price of their choices and the toll those choices took. What price can be put on family, love, loyalty and forgiveness when so much is at stake and the past continues to overshadow the present and future?

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