Arthur Miller's Latest, Finishing the Picture, Opens at Goodman Theatre Oct. 5

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05 Oct 2004

Harris Yulin (left) and Scott Glenn in <I>Finishing the Picture</I>
Harris Yulin (left) and Scott Glenn in Finishing the Picture
Liz Lauren
The Goodman Theatre's premiere production of Arthur Miller's Finishing the Picture, featuring a cast of A-level actors and direction by Robert Falls, will officially open Oct. 5 in Chicago.

The production, which began previews at the Albert Ivan space at the Goodman on Sept. 21, recently extended to Nov. 7. The starry cast features Harris Yulin, Frances Fisher. Stacy Keach, Stephen Lang, Linda Lavin, Matthew Modine, Scott Glenn and Heather Prete.

The script is reportedly based on the creation of Monroe's last movie, 1961's "The Misfits," which was directed by John Huston, and for which Miller penned the screenplay. During filming, Monroe was struggling with depression, unwieldy moods and substance abuse. David Richenthal, who produced the recent Tony-honored Death of a Salesman, directed by Falls, is said to have attended a reading.

The Goodman describes the play this way: “A distinguished director is about to lose his picture due to the unstable behavior of a famously fragile movie star. She’s recognized all over the world, loved by millions, but unable to believe in herself. The studio owners are threatening to pull the plug, and a temperamental acting teacher is flown in to coax the actress out of bed and onto the set.“

Keach plays Philip Ochsner, a trucking company executive, who, through a corporate merger, has acquired the studio making the movie. Lang and Lavin are acting teachers, reportedly based on the Strasbergs, who influenced Monroe’s life and work. Scott Glenn plays cinematographer Terry Case. Modine plays Paul, the screenwriter, and Prete protrays the troubled actress, Kitty.



Miller’s previous play, After the Fall, recently given a revival on Broadway, was also inspired by his experiences with Monroe.