The Lyric Stage faces up to ‘Death of a Salesman’

Joseph Marrella, Kelby T. Akin, Paula Plum, and Ken Baltin in the Lyric Stage production of “Death of a Salesman.’’
Joseph Marrella, Kelby T. Akin, Paula Plum, and Ken Baltin in the Lyric Stage production of “Death of a Salesman.’’ Mark S. Howard

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Attention must be paid,’’ Linda Loman famously tells her son Biff in Arthur Miller’s 1949 Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner, “Death of a Salesman.’’ Linda is talking about her husband, Willy, who in her opinion warrants attention because “he’s a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him.’’

“Death of a Salesman’’ has never lacked for attention, and its story of a man in desperate economic straits isn’t likely to date anytime soon. But it’s such an icon of the American theater that it doesn’t turn up on stage as often as it might. The current Lyric Stage production directed by Spiro Veloudos pays close attention to what Miller wrote.

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