Reviews

"Big and faithful! As Biff and Happy, Thomas Keegan and Danny Gavigan are lanky, handsome and combustible, especially Keegan’s brooding Biff. Keegan is as quick triggered as Wallace when it comes to the father-son fights; director Stephen Rayne is keen to keep a flame under this family’s simmering panic and sudden flaring squabbles. Craig Wallace and Kimberly Schraf — partners in real life — share some lovely, unguarded moments that draw you into the Lomans’ struggles, but they are also unflinchingly brusque with the family’s uglier moments."

- The Washington Post

"Ford's Theatre's must-see production is raw and gripping in its emotional intensity. Led by Craig Wallace's powerhouse performance as Willy Loman, Miller's Pulitzer Prize winning play is as relevant now, maybe more so, in its questioning of the American dream as it was when it first opened. Wallace's portrayal is a forceful theatrical cocktail of passion and despair forever internally debating whether he wants to be liked versus respected. If there is an element of compassion in "Death of a Salesman" it is Willy's dedicated and empathetic wife Linda, played with profound heart and an impassioned loyalty by Kimberly Schraf. "

- Broadway World

"Fresh and relevant! Five stars! Craig Wallace is a powerful actor, capable of bathing the stage in swagger and menace, but he brings a surprising amount of vulnerability to his portrayal of Willy. "Death of a Salesman" is arguably the best American play of the twentieth century, but to keep it meaningful as it recedes in time, companies and directors must find the universal within it, and emphasize it at the expense of the particular. I am pleased to say that Rayne and Ford’s have done so. Long live Death of a Salesman!"

- DC Theatre Scene

"Stirring! D.C. theater vet Craig Wallace shines in the titular role of salesman Willy Loman. The name 'Willy Loman' conjures a slight figure, but Wallace’s stocky, powerful frame makes Loman’s descent in dementia all the more tragic to observe. He’s superb. Kimberly Schraf gives a great performance, buffeting away the excess of sentimentality that will always threaten to overwhelm the stage as Linda informs Willy’s headstone that she’s at last paid off the house."

- City Paper

"Ford’s Theatre’s emotionally-enriched production highlights the “everyman” in Miller’s story that speaks to each of us. The perennially relevant social drama seems as timely as ever in this powerful Ford’s Theatre revival. Incisively navigated and fluidly staged by director Stephen Rayne on Tim Mackabee’s inventive set, every performance by the stellar 14-member multi-cultural cast is superbly consummated at all turns."

- DC Metro Theatre Arts

"Ford's Theatre is giving a very polished production to Salesman, one that leaves no doubt as to why this play has remained so beloved since it was first produced in 1949. Craig Wallace is impressive as Willy Loman, displaying every facet of Loman's quirky, self-defeating personality: his anger, his resentment, his loneliness, his lust for his own and his sons' success. Kimberly Schraf is outstanding as Linda, who invariably sticks up for Willy, demanding that her sons — and by extension the world — pay attention to such a hard-working man. Thomas Keegan is excellent in the role of Biff, a college football hero whose star burned out when he discovered his father's unfaithfulness. Keegan's Biff is a credible, sensitive soul, the only member of the family who rightly sees through Willy's bluff and bluster. Danny Gavigan is very good as Happy, playing him as a superficial, unthinking young man who believes that being well liked and having an attractive woman on your arm is enough to win you success in life."

- Theatermania

"Craig Wallace, in the leading role, gives a passionate, unguarded performance that amplifies the play’s painful truths. Director Stephen Rayne rides the intensity of the Loman family’s fraying reality, and the ensemble responds with raw emotion that shrinks the voluminous Ford’s stage to the size of their cozy kitchen."

- Metro Weekly