A Plea for the Greeks..er..Italians: Arthur Miller’s View from the Bridge

I tend to be a little dubious when the poster for a revival of a play looks like this:

It is a bad sign when all you decided you needed to sell the show was your leads in yellow red “angry” lighting. Also, it’s eerily reminiscent of this poster (except this one has a tagline):

But I was very pleasantly surprised. A View from the Bridge is one of the last plays Arthur Miller had produced before marrying Marilyn Monroe and his forced testimony before HUAC. (It is, however, after Elia Kazan named names to the Committee in 1951, and Miller responded with The Crucible.) It was revived in the 90s for the Roundabout, and now makes its way back to Broadway in the hands of director George Mosher and starring Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johannson.

A View from the Bridge is getting a lot of attention, partly thanks to the wattage of its cast and Ben Brantley’s rave review in the New York Times, but I do wonder how many excited Johannson fans know what the play is about: a man (Schreiber) who is love with his niece that he raised as his daughter (Johannson.) This might come as a surprise to Johannson fans. Maybe not Schreiber fans though.

No sexual tension between these brothers. No sir!

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