A View from the Bridge
A View from the Bridge – Theater Review
Eddie Carbone, a Brooklyn laborer, holds family and honor above all else. He and his wife have raised a niece as their own and even now are sheltering illegal immigrants from the old country. But his possessive love of his niece drives him to actions that betray his family and his ideals.
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A View from the Bridge is Arthur Miller’s riff on the immigrant movement and how hard life is on the docks in New York. I’ve seen this play three times. The current incarnation at the Cort Theatre stars Liev Schrieber, Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Hecht, and an awfully good supporting cast, and it’s by far and away the best that I’ve seen. The scenery is terrific. The cast is uniformly terrific. And even though Liev and Scarlett are going to get the top billing, everybody is just plain terrific. This is drama at its best. The story is of Eddie, who tries his best to raise his daughter’s child, his niece, with a wife who understands him more than he thinks. He has a hard time scraping together enough as a longshoreman and ends up allowing his wife’s two cousins from Italy that she’s never met to sleep on the floor to be able to send money back home. And of course, one of the young men falls in love with his niece and tragedy ensues. This is terrific theatre. If you’ve never seen A View from the Bridge or even if you think you’ve seen something that was really good, you should run to see this. Five stars.