All My Sons

All My Sons, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sunday; $16-$18. River Stage, Cosumnes River College, 8401 Center Parkway; (916) 691-7364; Through May 17.
Rated 5.0

The time is right after World War II, with lingering shadows of the war and the earlier Depression. The Keller family members are the stalwarts in their small-town society—father the owner of the major manufacturing plant, mother the fiercely proud mother of her brood, a son following in his father’s footsteps and a second son a hero pilot who went missing in the war.

But beneath their carefully coiffed veneer lies lost hopes and dreams tainted with secrets and scandals, all captured to perfection by playwright Arthur Miller in his classic All My Sons. And River Stage adds to the perfection with truly memorable leads resulting in one of the strongest local productions in recent memory.

This is the third production of a Miller play by River Stage (along with Death of a Salesman and The American Clock), with director Frank Condon recognizing both the particular historical perspectives that all three plays deliver and the connection to present day ethical conflicts brought on by a bad economy, war and greed.

All the leads are strong, but the outstanding performances are Blair Leatherwood as the stoic patriarch of both family and business, Dan Featherston as the conflicted son who is torn between his loyalty to his family and his heart, and Claire Lipschultz—radiant as a wife and mother who tries to keep many truths at bay.