Highly recommended, this is a staged recording of the recent Broadway revival of Brian Dennehy as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman
. After years of seeing Arthur Miller’s play in community and college performances, this 1949 classic had become a war-horse; a song we’d heard too many times. But Dennehy’s performance is revolutionary (the show has since closed). He is a giant, a man with a commanding presence and a booming voice; a powerhouse in decline. With Dennehy, Loman’s hopefulness and desire to be “well liked” is more desperate than that of the typical weakling who gets cast. The staging by Robert Falls is also more fast-moving and fluid, and more modern...