A View From A Bridge - A Touching Play
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Among the many plays of Arthur Miller, A View from a Bridge is certainly one of the most touching and one that is often revived. Many of Miller’s plays have become legendary classics in American theater, although this one is sometimes overlooked by more famous productions like Death of a Salesman. Yet, this play has quietly created a niche for itself in more ways than one. It also has some very interesting trivia and history behind it.Many Changes
Many people don’t know that this play originally started as a one-act verse play. Miller was inspired to write it when working on an un-produced screenplay which dealt with the corruption that existed on the Brooklyn docks around the 1950s. The story goes that the actual plot for the play was based on a real tale which was told to Miller by a longshoreman. In 1955, this play was first performed but it did not get a very good response. It was later modified to suit the more traditional three-act structure in prose rather than verse. This new version was performed the following year and became the play that everyone is familiar with today.
The storyline of A View from a Bridge is rather simple. The central characters are an Italian American called Eddie, his wife and his orphan niece called Catherine. They live in a very insular neighborhood and while Eddie initially feels protective of Catherine, these feelings gradually begin to change. One day, two of Beatrice’s Italian cousins, Marco and Rodolpho enter the country illegally, hoping to make a new life. While Eddie says he’s proud to take them in, he soon becomes jealous of the love that grows between Catherine and Rodolpho. One day, he catches the two making love and calls the immigration bureau. Eddie loses the respect of his friends and neighbors because of his betrayal. In the end, he becomes involved in an intense fight with Marco.Quietly Successful
One of the many reasons why A View from a Bridge has been successful is because the character of Eddie has led to some truly phenomenal performances by many outstanding actors. One of the most memorable was Michael Gambon in 1987, which one critic went so far to describe as ‘near-perfect’. In 1983, a revival of the play lasted for 149 performances but that is not the most it has run. In 1997, the production ran for a whopping 239 performances. This particular run boasted of actors like Anthony LaPaglia, Allison Janney and Brittany Murphy. It also took home several awards. It won two Tony Awards for Best Revival and Best Actor as well as Drama Desk Awards for Best Direction, Best Featured Actress and Best Revival.
A famous story behind A View from a Bridge is that in one production, Dustin Hoffman was the stage manager and assistant director. The director told Arthur Miller that Hoffman would one day make a great Willie Loman, the central character in Death of a Salesman. Miller did not agree and even wondered how Hoffman could make any kind of acting career for himself. Years later, Hoffman went on to play the role of Willie Loman and was critically acclaimed for his performance. You can View Our Huge Selection Of A View From A Bridge Tickets Online for the Broadway revival by clicking the link. You can easily purchase them via the net and we are an authorized online ticket vendor who provides home delivery.
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