All My Sons opened in New York City in 1947, winning the Drama Critics’ Award for Best New Play and establishing Arthur Miller as a leading voice in the American theatre. An immediate success with audiences and critics, the play has frequently been revived on Broadway and elsewhere around the world. All My Sons is the story of Joe Keller, who owned a munitions factory with his friend and neighbor. After being charged with shipping defective aircraft engines during World War II, Joe’s partner was convicted, but Joe was exonerated. The play explores the Keller family’s complex relationships, which are burdened with shame, denial, guilt, and grief. The play addresses issues of truth, loyalty, wealth, and love. The story questions both the military-industrial complex and the American Dream.


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