Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Arthur Miller’s American tragedy

Gil Sebastian and Paul Fearn
Courtesy photo

Based on ancient Greek tragedy, Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman, All my Sons, The Crucible) fashioned an American tragedy about a humble longshoreman. Set in Brooklyn, with a lawyer as Greek chorus, “A View from the Bridge” tells the story of Eddie Carbone, who destroys himself through jealousy of Catherine, his orphaned niece. Just entering adulthood, she falls in love with Rudolfo, a crew member from an Italian ship, and agrees to marry him. Defying the sage advice of Alfieri, the lawyer, Eddie suffers the consequences of refusing to let her go.

This rarely staged play can now be seen in a sensitive production at Carmichael’s Chautauqua Playhouse. For a review and details, see http://villagelife.com/story.php?id=692.0.

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