In the attic of a soon-to-be-demolished house, two brothers meet after a long estrangement to dispose of their dead parents’ property. One is Victor, a policeman who sacrificed his education and probably a career as a scientist to care for his ruined, invalid father. The other, Walter, is an eminent surgeon who walked out on the demands of family to concentrate on medicine and personal success. Their confrontation leads them to examine the events and qualities of their very different lives and the price that each of them has had to pay.
Two others are present, each with their own agendas: Walter’s devoted wife, Esther, and Gregory, an 89-year-old used furniture dealer, rejuvenated by the activity of negotiating a more literal price for the goods to be sold.
As Victor notes, there’s a price that people pay for the choices that they make in the conduct of their lives. The two brothers prove no exception to this observation.
Stu Berg directs the new production of “The Price” by Arthur Miller at Theatre West. Berg’s cast includes Marvin Kaplan, Cal Bartlett, Don Moss and Dianne Travis. Mark W. Travis is producer. John Gallogly is executive director and Jill Jones is season producer for Theatre West.
“The Price” performs now through March 21 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm at Theatre West (3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West, in Los Angeles, CA 90068). This is close to North Hollywood, Universal City and Studio City. There is free parking in a lot across the street. Tickets are $22 general admission, with $25 for premium seating (first four rows), $17 for seniors and $5 for students under $25. For reservations, call (323) 851-7977 or visit www.theatrewest.org.