The Santa Monica Airport seems like the last place to see theater. Old airplanes and aeronautical statues make you feel as if you were back in time and not on the Westside minutes away from the pier. The unusual location seemed strangely appropriate and set the tone for Arthur Miller’s Tony Award-winning play “All My Sons,” which takes place in a small town in Ohio post-WWII.

It is an intimate gathering with less than 50 seats and the stage so close you often feel as if you are snooping on a private conversation. Director Edward Edwards creates an experience where the audience feels as if they are sometimes a neighbor watching from their porch or sometimes a jury weighing in on a high-profile case.

Pleasantries and appropriateness seem to disappear as the subject at hand is revealed through the story’s characters. Each character in their own way adds their own piece of chaos to a mountain of existing codependency, lies, deceit, denial and greed.

All the performances are great, but a few exceptional ones are worth mentioning. Kate, the matriarch of the family, played by Catherine Telford, conceals a bubbling madness and level of anxiety that has the audience sometimes laughing and sometimes squirming in their seats. Chris, her son, played by Dominic Comperatore, reveals a quiet hostility and a sense of defeat that is played so honestly the audience empathizes with his pain yet shakes their heads in disbelief. Finally, George, Ann’s brother, played by Maury Sterling, emotionally confronts the issue at hand with such a sense of fearlessness it takes whoever is watching with him on a rollercoaster of painstaking moments.

Director Edwards and his cast create an unbelievably real experience where the audience is left haunted as what seems to be real life unfolds right in front of them.



Ruskin Group Theatre is located at 300 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. For more information, visit ruskingrouptheatre.com.