The death of a salesman.
Set design by Andrei Onegin,
set construction by Seagull Works Scene Shop.
2012 JEFF Award for Best Production.
"…As the production opens, a haunting video montage chronicling the lonely, repetitive life of the traveling salesman is played, using the garage door that doubles as the entrance to the Loman home as a screen. This inventive use of grainy footage to set the tone before a word is spoken is credited to Scenic Design & Technical Director Andrei Onegin. The set itself is a work of art. It spins, it tilts, it lends itself to repeated conversions into realistic interpretations of the Loman kitchen, an Italian restaurant, or any number of the nameless motels that Willy calls home each week. In companion with steady Direction from Michael Menendian, the players use every inch of available space, both on and off the stage, to weave a web of tragic inevitability that Willy himself set in motion 17 years ago…"
Rebecca Sarwate , Edge.
Attention should also be paid to Andrei Onegin’s scenic design. I’m not sure how other productions of Salesman have introduced Willy to the audience, but having him mutter and shuffle onstage and then literally pull open his home to have the exterior spin around to expose the inside of the Loman household is quite effective. (Onegin did something similar for Raven’s Hedda Gabler earlier this year — a giant steamer trunk opened to reveal Hedda’s boudoir. If used in one more show, the novelty might wear off.)
Chicago Theater addict.