In 1947, Arthur Miller was on his last legs as a playwright. After his work “The Man Who Had All the Luck” bombed on Broadway, closing after just four performances, he vowed to try another vocation if one more effort failed. “All My Sons” set Miller’s course as one of the greatest of American playwrights, beating Eugene O’Neill’s “The Iceman Cometh” for the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award.

Inspired by a true story wherein Wright Aeronautical Corporation conspired with U.S. Army inspection officers to approve defective engines for use during World War II, the story takes the pursuit of the American Dream and gives it a twist straight from Ibsen or Aeschylus. The riveting tale was turned into a movie by noted director Elia Kazan and has enjoyed several revivals on the West Coast, Broadway, London’s West End and in Tel Aviv over the last six decades.

Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. A Sunday matinee begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are $14, $12 for seniors, USA faculty staff and $10 for students.

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All My Sons by Arthur Miller
Where: Laidlaw Performing Arts Center, University of South Alabama
When: Feb. 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, March 1