"Trouble that will not go away."
A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE
What's it about ... the licentious relationship between a Brooklyn longshoremen struggling to manipulate everyone around him and his coming-of-age niece who is discovering her own identity ultimately results in deception, rage and a tragic outcome in this explosive and compelling production directed by Ivo Van Hove.
What stands out ... audience members are both spectators and participants to the long form, one-act scenario. Everything about the magnificent simplicity of the staging compels us to focus on the inner power, or perhaps, reverence of Arthur Miller’s classic, all at once absorbing the action unfolding around us.
Who you will remember ... the superb company includes Ian Bedford as Eddie Carbone whose self-denial rips through the fabric of his family, Andrus Nichols as Beatrice and Catherine Combs as Catherine, the troubled women in Eddie’s life and Ezra Knight as Alfieri, lawyer and narrator.
Why you should see it ... productions at this level are rarely so accessible ... both Combs and Nichols have been with the production in Washington and Los Angeles. Ian Bedford’s gripping performance is worth the price of admission, but the fine ensemble assembled is rounded out by Daniel Abeles, Ronald L. Conner, Brandon Espinoza and James Farruggio.
Where is the relevance ... looking for topical sociopolitical references? Among many other things, this is a story about the inter-connection of immigrant families in America and how, during a particularly difficult time in our history, it was extremely easy to incriminate anyone living and working here illegally. It is even more tragic when community and family values are ripped apart altogether, a stark and powerful reflection of what is happening in our daily lives.
The takeaway ... an unforgettable evening of theater that will leave you stunned, introspective and, like everyone in the cast, in need of a long, hot shower.
Photo Credit: Liz Lauren