With the curtain coming down at a time when patrons are anxious about catching the last bus home, it is essential that the attention must not wander.
Vari Sylvester (Linda) and Ron Emslie (Willy) in Death of a Salesman at Perth Theatre Photo: Eamonn McGoldrick
Fortunately, the main quartet in this marathon allows time to pass effortlessly with the demise of Willie Loman’s increasingly desperate dream expertly handled by Ron Emslie - an impressive return to Perth for The Bill’s CI Morys.
Trying to tune into the Brooklyn accent initially proves a little difficult, competing as it does with the traditional flute playing live on stage and proving a bit of a distraction. And some action was lost in the shadows of a broody lighting plot by Kate Bonney.
However, this Grieve-inspired production seamlessly flits between the present and the past on Ken Harrison’s sturdy set, which belies its ability to be packed up to tour round Scotland.
There are also sterling performances by Ewan Donald (a strong portrayal as Biff) and Robert Jack (Happy) with great support from Vari Sylvester as their Mum.
Terry Wale is every inch the top businessman (and ghostly) as Willy’s successful (and dead) brother and Richard Addison puts in a good shift as neighbour Charley.
Steve Kettley makes a brief appearance as Stanley, the waiter at the Chop House, but makes a more telling contribution on numerous occasions on the “neighbouring fire escape” with his flute and a variety of other instruments.
Amanda Beveridge vamped it up as the other woman with Helen Logan completing a strong partnership as Miss Forsythe.
Brooke Bell (Jenny/Letta), Gregor Duncan (Gregor) and Harry Ward (Bernard) complete a tight team.