All My Sons

  • Written by: Arthur Miller
  • Directed by: Susan Wilson
  • Circa One
  • 02 June − 07 July

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"A masterpiece" - The Times

New York Drama Critics' Circle Award

Tony Award for Best Play

Arthur Miller's Tony Award-winning masterpiece weaves a brilliant and compelling story about two families in the aftermath of World War II.

Joe Keller and Steve Deever were once united in business but are now torn apart by an unspeakable crime. When Joe's son, Chris, proposes to Steve's daughter, Ann, he unleashes a flood of family secrets and hidden skeletons that will forever change both families.

An unforgettable family drama about loss, love and loyalties that escalates to an electrifying climax.

"A modern classic...and one that those who see it will never forget" - Daily Telegraph

"Extraordinary power and emotional depth... exerts the hypnotic force of a first-rate thriller" - Charles Spencer

"Masterful... Insightful... Electrifying" - Lynn Freeman, Capital Times
"Inspiring... Passionate... Rollercoaster" - Kate Spencer

Actors Jeffrey Thomas, Emma Kinane, Richard Dey and Jessica Robinson talk about their reactions to being in All My Sons in Circa'a blog, drama on the waterfront. Find out what the critics have to say and hear from the youngest stars of All My Sons in another post on drama on the waterfront.

There will be an audio described performance of All My Sons for blind and visually impaired audience members on Sunday, 1 July at 4 pm, with touch tours commencing at 3:15pm. This performance is also open to the general public. For more information or to book, call the Circa Box Office at 801-7992.

Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes (including 15 minute interval)

Cast and crew


Jeffrey Thomas, Emma Kinane, Erin Banks, Richard Dey, Gavin Rutherford, Jessica Robinson, Martyn Wood, Christopher Brougham.

Show times

02 June − 07 July

Tuesday and Wednesday 6.30pm

Thursday - Saturday 8pm

Sunday 4pm

$25 Specials: Friday, 1 June and Sunday 3 June

Ticket prices

Adults $46

Seniors (65+) /Students/Beneficiaries $38

Friends of Circa (until 14 June) $33

Groups 6+ $39

Groups 20+ $36

Under 25 $25


Writers Skill Captured in Compelling Drama

Reviewed by Ewen Coleman, 4 June 2012

While better known for his later plays Death Of A Salesman and The Crucible, Arthur Miller's first major work, All My Sons, just opened at Circa Theatre, is no less a compelling piece of drama. It focuses on various issues associated with a post WWII American family.

Joe Keller (Jeffrey Thomas) is a self made man, retired and living for today on the profits of his business. His wife Kate (Emma Kinane) lives in the past when her eldest son was alive before he went missing in action, believing that one day he will return.

Their other son Chris (Richard Dey), running the family business, looks to the future when he will be independent and married to Ann (Jessica Robinson). But Ann is the daughter of their previous neighbour who was also Joe's business partner but who took the rap for some business irregularities. She was also once in love with the missing son.

Ann has been away for three years but when Chris brings her home one weekend tensions and incriminations that have simmering below the surface boil over, exacerbated by the arrival of Ann's brother George (Martyn Wood) until they end in violent and dramatic fashion.

Love, loyalty and guilt and the conflict between personal and public responsibility are all at the heart of this exceptionally well written play as the consequences of the past unfold to effect the actions of the future.

Set in small town America in 1947, Susan Wilson's production beautifully captures the sense of time and place with this production. The realistic set of a house and backyard with symbolic weeping willows down the sides, the mood lighting, the costumes and make-up and the hair styles, all convey perfectly a sense of style of the period, although some of the family wealth could have been spent on painting the house. And the mood music playing under the dialogue was unnecessary and distracting.

Although the opening exposition takes some time to get going, once the cast are in their stride they all, without exception, get to the play's heart to bring it alive.

In particular Emma Kinane, as the mother Kate, brings both a warmth and fragility to the character, only just holding it together as she clings onto the hope that her missing son is still alive all the while being bombarded from all sides to face up to the reality of the situation.

And Richard Dey as son Chris conveys a wonderful sense of high principles and morality but is not without a chink in his armour when it comes to the crunch.

That much of the play resonates with what is happening in the world today, even though it was written over sixty years ago, is the mark of a truly great writer which this production does justice to and is well worth seeing.

Other Reviews

Lynn Freeman, Capital Times, 6 June 2012

David Farrar, Kiwiblog, 6 June 2012

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