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Hyman, via conversations with Phillip, Sylvia, and her sister, Harriet, discovers that the Gellberg's marriage was built on resentment and that over the years has become loveless.
Relevant today - shockingly so - if you want to delve into some Miller, I highly recommend Broken Glass. Martin the snobbish bank president and the broadly amusing Lauren Klein Sylvia's gossipy sisterthey mostly seem to be putting in time.
Glass, once splintered, cannot be put back together. Sylvia's paralysis, we're meant to understand, stems from the failure of those around her to recognize the Nazi threat.
Harry Hyman David Dukesthe neighborhood practitioner, who's treating Sylvia, into an incorrigible womanizer and dashing equestrian.
As a young man, Miller held jobs ranging from radio singer to truck driver to clerk. Since Sylvia is movingly portrayed by Amy Irving and Phillip is acted by Ron Rifkin, on a characteristically short fuse, "Broken Glass" delivers periodic jolts of pain and anguish.