The gripping adaptation brings the horrors of immigration, oppression and assimilation to Los Angeles.
I'm not sure what All My Sons has in common with Antony and Cleopatra, or Molly Sweeney with Dickens in America; but the first four plays of the American Players Theatre season in Spring Green, Wisconsin, were clearly chosen with cross-referencing in mind.
Much of the evening's success is due to Wilma Bonet's performance as Vieja. Short, squat, and filled with foreboding, the emotional and dramatic power of Bonet's nurse make the self-satisfied machismo of Creon and Jason seem downright puny.
The Playhouse has a storied past as the official state theater of California and a training ground for several well known actors -- Nick Nolte, Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman and others.