First produced in 1947, two years before Death of a Salesman, this play put Arthur Miller on the map. It’s not hard to see why. The characters are strong, the dialogue vivid, and the story, about a businessman forced to face the consequences of his corrupt practices, is lean, muscular, and moving–even in David Mink’s ragged production. On opening night the first act was particularly sluggish, with the slightly off, sometimes restrained, sometimes over-the-top performances associated with community theater. But the cast grew increasingly energetic and self-assured, and by the end most of them were pitch-perfect, with Lanny Lutz a standout. Through 11/21: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 2 PM. Athenaeum Theatre, third-floor studio theater, 2936 N. Southport, 312-922-1999. Free.