As they say in show biz, timing is everything. But Delaware Theatre Company's timing, opening Arthur Miller's capitalist corruption drama All My Sons - amid the Occupy Wall Street protests, and the same week 20/20 aired an episode revealing the damage Bernie Madoff's crimes inflicted on his late son - is uncanny. Or maybe it's just that like so many of the themes in Miller's work, the more business changes, the more it stays the same.
Most remarkable, perhaps, is the way director David Stradley presents the play's first-act American dream as though it were a diorama depicting life in another century, which, 64 years on, it is. Matthew Myhrum's set gets the details just right, from the backyard of a white clapboard house with green shutters and red brick foundation, to its crew-cut emerald lawn, and chain-link fence separating the neighbors. Only a felled young tree signals trouble ahead. Jessica RisserMilne's costumes pop with the colors of spring bulbs on the ladies - daffodil yellow, hyacinth blue, crocus purple - and settle into muted earth tones on the gentlemen.