Before he wrote his famous "Death of a Salesman," Arthur Miller penned the play "All My Sons" in 1947 and established himself in the theater world.
The Masquers Playhouse in Point Richmond on Friday opens its production of the award-wining play about a family in postwar America coming to grips with dark secrets (selling faulty parts to the military during the war) and ripped apart by lies and betrayal.
The script, based on a true story, earned the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best New Play in 1947 and two Tony Awards and was later used for two feature films.
But the underlying criticism of the American dream also earned Miller criticism at the height of the anti-communist McCarthy era.
Dennis Lickteig directs the Masquers cast of Reuben Alvear II, Jacqui Herrera, Joseph Hirsch, Marilyn Hughes, David Irving, Steph Peek, Carina Lastimosa Salazar and Louis Schilling.
Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Sept. 29, with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees on Sept. 9 and 16 at the Masquers stage at 105 Park Place, across from the Hotel Mac.
Tickets are $20 each, available at www.masquers.org or by calling 510-232-4031.
A special benefit performance at 2 p.m. Sept. 23 that includes dinner at the Hotel Mac is available for $45.
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Taylor, a graduate of Berkeley High who grew up in El Cerrito, was in Washington, D.C., as the guest of NPR for its monthly series that features a poet who spends the day in the newsroom and then writes verses about the day's events.
Taylor has degrees in writing from New York University and Boston University, and she is not a stranger to writing on deadline, having studied journalism and worked for a time at a small newspaper.
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Admission is $10 adults and $5 ages 18 and under, or $25 for a family of four, with space limited to 150 people. Proceeds go toward the swim center's continued operation. Details: SavePinoleSwimCenter.com.
Three of the original members -- Martin Beard, Nandi Devam (the artist formerly known as Terry MacNeil) and Peter Kraemer -- will perform with newer members Mike McKevitt and Bruce Slesinger in a show at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Ave. in Berkeley.
Doors open at 7 p.m., and admission is $10 (or $15 after 8:30 p.m.). Details: 510-472-3170 or berkeleyarthouse.wordpress.com.
The exhibit runs through Sept. 21.