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Review: The American Clock, at The Old Vic

09 March, 2019 — By Sipora Levy

Stellar ensemble cast in The American Clock. Photo: Manuel Harlan

SET during the Great Depression of the 1930s, Arthur Miller’s The American Clock centres on the Baum family who have lost everything in the financial crash, forcing them to move from the comfort of Manhattan to a one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn.

Director Rachel Chavkin has described the play as “almost a collage or quilt of the country”. Miller called it “A Vaudeville” and Chavkin uses her exceptional vision to create vivid snapshots of people devastated by the Crash.

There is music, singing and tap dancing and the stellar ensemble cast mostly perform three parts each. Francesca Mills and Golda Rosheuvel are out­standing. The Baum family, optimistic Moe, musical Rose and would-be writer son, Lee are played by three sets of actors, representing successive waves of immigrants to New York. The production is set in the round, and despite being 20 minutes too long, it is an immersive and stimulating experience.

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