‘For them the clock would never strike midnight, the dance and the music could never stop…’
The American Clock turns, fortunes are made and lives are broken. In New York City in 1929, the stock market crashed and everything changed.
In an American society governed by race and class, we meet the Baum family as they navigate the aftermath of an unprecedented financial crisis. The world pulses with a soundtrack fusing 1920s swing and jazz with a fiercely contemporary sound, creating a backdrop that spans a vast horizon from choking high rises to rural heartlands.
Visionary director Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, Hadestown) presents Arthur Miller’s ground-breaking play about hope, idealism and a nation’s unwavering faith in capitalism.
Bruising but overly busy revival of Arthur Miller’s lesser-known play about the Great Depression
This vaudeville about the Great Depression showcases Miller’s capacity to capture the state of a troubled nation
US director Rachel Chavkin revives Arthur Miller's powerful, flawed drama about the Great Depression
Depression tale shows how Miller can be great
Vivid performances can't solve Miller's sprawling and ponderous play
The major difficulties reside in Miller’s polemical text, which hammers home its points about the flaws of capitalism relentlessly
Some compelling scenes and many memorable images
An eerily up to-the-moment warning from history