by BBW News Desk (9.5.2017)
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater presents Arthur Miller’s The Price, which has been extended to receive an additional week of performances due to popular demand. The Price runs October 6-November 12, 2017 in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle. BroadwayWorld has photos from today’s meet & greet below!
Three-time Emmy Award winner Hal Linden, known for his portrayal of the title character in the hit television series Barney Miller and his Tony Award-winning performance in Broadway’s The Rothschilds, stars as Gregory Solomon under the direction of Deputy Artistic Director Seema Sueko. A high-stakes drama about the struggle to make peace with the past and create hope for the future, The Price is considered one of Miller’s most personal plays.
Joining Hal Linden in the four-person cast are D.C.-area actors Maboud Ebrahimzadeh (Folger Theatre’s Timon of Athens) and Rafael Untalan (Theater J’s Yellow Face) as brothers Victor Franz and Walter Franz, respectively, with Pearl Sun (Broadway’s If/Then, Next to Normal national tour) as Victor’s wife, Esther Franz. Ricardo Frederick Evans (Round House’s Two Trains Running) will assume the role of Victor Franz beginning November 7.
Seema Sueko (Director) joined the Arena Stage staff in July 2016 as deputy artistic director and made her Arena Stage directorial debut with Smart People. She previously served as associate artistic director at The Pasadena Playhouse and executive artistic director of Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company. Her directing and acting credits include The Pasadena Playhouse, People’s Light, The Old Globe, San Diego Repertory, Yale Repertory, 5th Avenue Theatre and Native Voices, among others. As a playwright, she received commissions from Mixed Blood Theatre and Center Stage. Her work has been recognized by the California State Assembly, NAACP San Diego, Chicago Jeff Awards, American Theatre Wing and American Theatre magazine. Seema developed the Consensus Organizing for Theater methodology, has done research on the neuroscience of acting and serves on the Diversity Committee of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
Tickets may be purchased online at arenastage.org by phone at 202-488-3300 or at the Sales Office at 1101 Sixth St., SW, D.C.
Photos courtesy Arena Stage
*Washington Post, “Maboud Ebrahimzadeh is another of Sueko’s assets; his earthy, blunt style feels exactly right as Victor. Ebrahimzadeh channels the character’s intelligence and good-guy ethics lightly, which is pivotal if you’re going to keep Miller’s play from feeling like a righteous harangue.”
*BrightestYoungThings, “The actor who pulls the play out of the fire is Ebrahimzadeh. He has the hardest work to do, playing moments of revelation, shame, moral righteousness, and quite a bit of pain, and he dives in. The climax is his.”
*BroadwayWorld, “Attention must certainly be paid especially to Maboud Ebrahimzadeh. He’s delivered a number of wonderful performances on area stages in the past few years (his performance in Round House Theatre’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo was particularly memorable), but his work at Arena surpasses all of that. It’s that sensational. Nuanced yet explosive acting when required, he reveals all of Victor’s many layers with considerable skill.”
*WomanAroundTown, “As Victor, Maboud Ebrahimzadeh goes toe to toe with Linden. Solomon uses the various pieces of furniture to draw Victor out about his father and their lives. Ebrahimzadeh displays a range of emotions during these conversations that sum up his feelings about his father and his life.”
*TheaterMania, “Maboud Ebrahimzadeh plays Victor with conviction, expressing just the right amount of tension until the last burst of fireworks, when he lets his temper flare completely. He alternates between those tense moments with his brother and extremely tender ones with his wife, who needs a lot of pampering.”
*Alexandria Times, “Playing off an exceptional performance of Maboud Ebrahimzadeh as Victor Franz, a frustrated cop who failed to realize his potential, this production, artfully directed by Seema Sueko, is a well-cast delight that brings both searing drama and mood-lightening humor to the American stage.”
*MDTheatreGuide, “Maboud Ebrahimzadeh portrayal of Victor is heartbreaking in his reactions to the family treachery he learns about. It is a pitch-perfect depiction of a good man coming to terms with decisions (a word used very often by his brother) that he had known nothing of, and yet which impacted his life so deeply.”
*MetroWeekly, “At the center is the put-upon Victor Franz, a man trying to stand his ground against the world’s expectations and his own self-doubt. Bringing a skillful mix of confidence and agitation, Maboud Ebrahimzadeh is memorably compelling as this husband and troubled younger brother. He very much gets Miller’s syncopation and his rhythms of expression…”
*TheDCMoms, “Go to The Price for Linden, but stay for the standout performance by Maboud Ebrahimzadeh…”
*DCMetroTheatreArts, “Ebrahimzadeh’s Victor might not have the edge of a police officer who has been on the beat for half his life, but he more than makes up for it with his stoically repressed delivery.”
*DCTheatreScene, “As for Ebrahimzadeh, he has, for as long as I’ve watched him (nearly ten years, now), been a subject-matter expert in presenting characters whose pleasant facades mask a violent impulse. He outdoes himself as Alcibaides, though…. That Ebrahimzadeh can do this with little help from the text shows what a fine economical actor he is, and how suited to this role.”
*DCMetroTheaterArts, ” Alcibiades (a solid, stoic, friend-to-the-end Maboud Ebrahimzadeh) defeats Athens but promises to protect the city and its citizens.”
*DCist, “Ebrahimzadeh and Robinson are wonderful, warm, and genuine in their roles, providing the sole rays of hope for those who wish to believe in mankind’s goodness.
*TheatreBloom, “The only one among them who sets themselves apart is the noble, albeit misguided, Alcibiades… Ebrahimzadeh takes the character on a transformative journey, which opens up his inner rogue spirits for all to see by the second act.”
*TheaterMania, “Maboud Ebrahimzadeh is stalwart as Alcibiades, the military man who is Timon’s friend.”
*BroadwayWorld, “a polished, emotionally reactive actor Maboud Ebrahimzadeh…”
*Journal Sentinel (USA Today), “… embodied by a compelling Maboud Ebrahimzadeh.”
*Shepard Express, “Maboud Ebrahimzadeh excels as Amir, delicately revealing increasing momentary flashes of insecurity amid his growing identity crisis while trying to remain confident.”
*MilwaukeeMag.com, “… the focus is always on Amir, portrayed with blistering intensity by Ebrahimzadeh.”
*UrbanMilwaukee.com, “Maboud Ebrahimzadeh is astonishingly active and disturbing as Amir… The actor in both stillness and manic activity reveals the troubling tics and wrenching fury of his behavior.”
*Philly.com, “Ebrahimzadeh, charm ablaze, repeats the smartest trick in Akhtar’s playbook, the same one at the heart of The Invisible Hand: With whom do we identify? Amir is so likeable, so reasonable. He’s us, and yet he’s not. And if he’s not us, who are we?”
*DCMetroTheatreArts, “At the center of it all, Maboud Ebrahimzadeh is captivating as protagonist Amir… He has an easy grace and an infectious smile, at war with an inner turmoil, yet still especially compassionate in scenes with his nephew Abe (Abit Dileep). There are times when the circumstances seem so stacked against him that the playwright retains the upper hand, but Ebrahimzadeh’s natural charisma and nobility make this uniquely flawed anti-hero a joy to explore.”
*Phindie.com, “Of the three productions I’ve seen of Ayad Akhtar’s honest, far-reaching play, Marcela Lorca’s staging for Princeton’s McCarter Theatre is the best. By far. By miles. One reason for that is the stirring tour de force performance of Maboud Ebrahimzadeh, already in award contention for his work in another Akhtar piece, Theatre Exile’s The Invisible Hand. Ebrahimzadeh thoroughly and humanly shows you the thousand compartmental traits and dimensions that compose his character, Amir Kapoor… Ebrahimzadeh is an actor of super-tactile sensitivity and honest emotion. ”
*NJArts.net, “The production, directed by Marcela Lorca — and featuring an intense, wrenching performance by Maboud Ebrahimzadeh as its central character, Amir, a Pakistani-American lawyer — does justice to this powder keg of a play… It’s doubtful that you’ll ever have a chance to see a significantly better [production].”
*BroadStreetReview, ” Ebrahimzadeh plays Amir with humor and charm, revealing a man who’s reinvented himself to fit into a culture wary of Muslims, but who now doesn’t know who or what he is, as we find out in an explosion of violence that doesn’t ring true, more because of the script than the performances, after secrets are revealed.”
*NJ.com, “Ebrahimzadeh is a wonder, allowing us to understand the internal contradictions of a man who has spent decades trying to come to terms with his religious upbringing — and his experiences as a Muslim in America — but remains incapable of making sense of things.”
*CentralJersey.com, “Ebrahimzadeh is brilliant as Amir, a man whose confidence is shattered. His emotional turmoil is truly affecting.”
*TownTopics.com, “Ebrahimzadeh as Amir provides a strong, convincing focus for the action of the play — in his sophisticated swagger as a confident, successful lawyer; in his loving, often difficult interactions with his wife; in his attempts to help his nephew; in his contentious relationships with Isaac and Jory; in his struggle to reconcile his Muslim heritage with his ambitious pursuit of the American Dream; and in his ultimate disgrace.”
*Philly.com, “It’s an excellent cast, but Ebrahimzadeh gets Bashir just right, from his tight shoulders and flitting eyes to the way the tension in the room relaxes when he does.”
*DCMetroTheatreArts, “As Bashir, Maboud Ebrahimzadeh makes for an excellent contrast with [Ian Merrill] Peakes – open and playful at times but brimming with stubbornness, and scowling when he feels he’s being condescended to.”
*Broad Street Review, “The play’s most fascinating scenes occur between Nick (Ian Merrill Peakes) and Bashir (Maboud Ebrahimzadeh)… The performances are extraordinarily convincing, and it’s refreshing to see Muslim characters who aren’t evil stereotypes.”
*Phindie.com, “The four actors, all of whom appear to be extraordinarily bright, approach their roles with grounded intensity and unfussy concentration.”