Half-Price Tickets to Eddie Jone’s Play

This came in today from Eddie Jones regarding his play Death of a Salesman.

Hello again to all.  I am writing to let you know we are offering ½ price tickets for this Sat. show at (8) PM and the Sun. at 2 PM.  Please get your superior posteriors to our seats.  They will be very happy to see you.  And, of course, so will we.  We have an excellent show.  Guaranteed.


So if you’re in the LA area this weekend and you want to make those comfy seats, as well as Eddie and company, very happy, go take advantage of this half-price offer and save yourself some bucks.

Death of a Salesman runs from October 28 – December 15, 2006.  Show times are on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

The Odyssey Theatre is located at:
2055 South Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025

For tickets call the Odyssey Box Office at 310-477-2055 or go to www.odysseytheatre.com.

The Ovations Are Starting to Roll In for “Death of a Salesman”

An email just popped into my inbox from Eddie Jones.  Eddie has asked me to share the first review of Death of a Salesman with all of you.  It’s a great review.  If there is any way you can make it to one of his performances, I highly recommend that you go. 

Eddie Jones Shines in the Timeless Drama: Death of a Salesman
By Padma Sahgal

Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” brings back to the Westside theater, the angst, the desperation, the tragedy, and the hope in the life of Willy Loman. This is a powerful production – bound to make audiences stop and think – just as it did in 1949, when it first premiered on Broadway – about the proverbial American Dream and take stock of their own hopes and aspirations.

The test of a true classic, this story of a day in the life of an aging salesman is timeless, it’s about Everyman, anywhere on this planet.  Set in the middle of the last century, Loman returns home to Brooklyn after a failed business trip. He is sixty-one years old, desperate to make sense of his life. He has been taken off salary and put on straight commission. He is unable to support his loyal, suffering wife, or explain to his two grown sons why things went so wrong. He wants so much to help them to make a success of their own lives. He agonizes over whether he brought them up the right way. Set as foils to his failings, are his brother Ben, who reaped a fortune in the diamond mines in Africa, and Bernard, his neighbor’s son, who has become an attorney, while his sons – Bernard’s contemporaries, are still trying to find themselves.

Eddie Jones is a powerful Willy Loman. His portrayal is moving as he slips in and out of reality, with flashbacks and shares the ramblings of his mind. He has that rare rapport with his audience – only great actors are cabable of. It is obvious he comes from a rich and accomplished career that encompasses Broadway, film and television. Most recently he was seen as Marty Goldberg in the independent film, “Fighting Tommy Riley”.

Anne Gee Byrd is utterly natural as Linda, forever trying to cover up for her husband’s shortcomings, especially in the powerful monologue in which she defends Willy.

Aaron McPherson as Happy, Ivan Baccarat as Biff and Jeremy Shouldis as Bernard are altogether believable, each turning in a fine performance.  The award-winning director of the play, Bob Collins, has made the most of the intimate atmosphere of the Odyssey Theatre. The small stage seems to be the perfect setting for the “kitchen sink” drama. The audience becomes part of the very lives of the protagonists as they struggle to make sense of their existence. The past and the present time as it juxtaposes between scenes is masterfully executed.

The relevance of the play in today’s context is aptly summed up in Collins’ note to the audience, “We are all living under great myths. The Enron scandal is just one illustration of this. Like all great art, “Death of a Salesman” remains fresh because it stirs the humanity in all of us, and, as in all great art, its truths cannot go out of fashion”.

“Death of a Salesman” has a limited engagement at the Odyssey Theatre, located at 2055 South Sepulveda Blvd., through Dec. 15. Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. For ticket information call 310-477-2055.

Eddie Jones Returns to His Role in “Death of a Salesman”

It’s a treat to get to see Eddie Jones perform live, so I was very pleased to find out tonight that Eddie has returned to the stage to reprise his role of Willy Loman in the classic play Death of a Salesman.  Back in 2002, Eddie had won the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for his role in this play.  I know several fans went to see his performance back then and I wish I had been one of them.

Death of a Salesman has won much acclaim over the years.  In 1949, it won a Tony Award, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It made history as the first play to win all three awards. The play continues to be produced around the world making Arthur Miller an internationally known playwright.

It’s currently playing for a limited engagement from October 26 to December 15 at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles. Opening night was Saturday, October 28.  Performances are at 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2:00 p.m. on Sundays. 

Tickets run from $22 to $26.  There are discounts available for Odyssey subscribers; students; SAG, AFTRA and Equity members; and seniors. 

The Odyssey Theatre is located at:
2055 South Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025

To purchase tickets or for more information, go to www.odysseytheatre.com or call (310) 477-2055.