The Price Play Review - What's the cost of choices?

Acclaimed 20th Century master, Arthur Miller can do no wrong.  The humor and pathos of The Price, now playing at Theatre West (3333 Cahuenga West, Los Angeles, 90068) is a wonderful example of Miller at his best.  

Cal Bartlett and Marvin Kaplan

Directed by Stu Berg and produced by Mark Travis, The Price tells the story of two brothers – Victor ( Cal Bartlett) and Walter ( Don Moss) Franz – who have not spoken for 16 years. With their father long dead and the house about to be torn down, Victor must face his past and sell the lovely furniture left behind.  

The Price: Cal Bartlett and Marvin Kaplan

He invites Gregory Solomon ( Marvin Kaplan), a used furniture dealer to come and appraise what is there.  Victor has tried getting in touch with his brother, since the proceeds would be half his, but has not had any luck.  Victor’s wife, Esther ( Dianne Travis) feels that since Walter left Victor and his father behind to pursue his own medical career and appeared not to care about them that Victor owed him nothing.

The humorous Solomon commences his bargaining with the no nonsense Victor and has just come to a conclusion when Walter comes in. 

Walter naturally thinks that Solomon is taking advantage of the situation and offers another deal instead -- one that would allow him to give money to his brother. 

The Price: Cal Bartlett and Don Moss

The two brothers come to verbal blows as they deal with the past resentments.  Victor blames his brother for coldly going on with his life and Walter claims that Victor paid the price for the choice he made. 

The Jewish comedy of Solomon lifts the mood of the play but the message is clear we all pay prices for the choices we make. 

The Price: Cal Bartlett and Dianne Travis

Thanks to the theater's executive producer John Gallogy and Season producer, Jill Jones, the Price is just one of the wonderful plays that comes to this house. 

Roger Cruz and Ryan Daniel McKinney managed the stage; set design by Jeff Rack was assisted by Heaven Antiques who furnished many of the pieces.  Yancy Dunham produced wonderful lightning effects that enhanced the play. 

The play runs until March 21, 2010 and shows  8 pm Friday and Saturday nights and 2 pm on Sunday.  General admission is $22 with discounts for seniors and students. 

In an effort to allow more senior shut ins the enjoyment of theatre, Mark Travis has designed a 501 c-3 called Adopt a Senior Citizen.  Money collected for the cause allows those elderly who, from rest homes, cannot afford tickets, the joy of the theatre once more.  More information about this can be had by contacting [email protected]

Daytime the house also presents children's events.  Currently playing there is Princess and the Frog to be followed by The Emperor's New Clothes.  Interactive, these plays enticed children to be part of the story.  Rated best in Los Angeles for children's theatre, the prices for these plays at $10 for children and $12 for adults. 

Information about the events can be had at 323 851 7977 or

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