A Relevant 21st Century ‘Salesman’

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Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman is back on Broadway. Esteemed movie and theater director Mike Nichols directs the revival, which features retro sets and music, and young actors playing old – including 44-year-old Philip Seymour Hoffman playing the role of defeated salesman Willy Loman, a man in his 60s.

Does this portrait of an American type, which first appeared in 1949, still have relevance 63 years later? New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood lets you know if “attention must be paid” to this Salesman, or not, which plays a limited run at the Barrymore Theater.