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A View From the Bridge. (original 1955; edition 1998)

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Title:A View From the Bridge.
Authors:Arthur Miller
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Info:Dramatists Play Service, Inc. (1998), Paperback, 72 pages
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I would love to see this one performed, it had a hard-driving, (Greek) tragic edge to it, and insight into social realities (e.g. the immigrant experience) that felt surprisingly (or not) contemporary. It reminded me of how good Miller was...glad to see this back on stage. (Wish I could see it on stage). ( )
  bibleblaster | Jan 23, 2016 |
Plays are like poetry in their economy of words. By necessity, plays pack a tremendous amount of character development and tension into a mere couple hours of dialogue. This is certainly true with Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge.

Miller first heard the story of Eddie and his family from a water-front worker and decided to write it as a play. He first wrote it as a "mood experiment" (vii). He "wanted the audience to feel toward it as I had on hearing it for the first time—not so much with heart-wringing sympathy as with wonder" (vii). After a dismal debut which led to a major rewrite, Miller achieved his goal.

This story is full of tension. Imagine the low cello note in the backdrop of a suspense movie. That note builds throughout the play and doesn't relent until the climax. Miller gives us characters and relationships of psychological depth.

This play is a study in desire gone wrong. This is human nature left to play out its vices. ( )
1 vote StephenBarkley | May 19, 2015 |
Yet another brilliant play from Miller. The protagonist's unnatural love for his niece by marriage acts as a "fatal flaw" and makes this otherwise kind and unremarkable man into a Shakespearean figure. Truly a brilliant play. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 23, 2014 |
While not the best of Miller's works, this piece has merit. It concerns a dock worker and his guests - family members brought in illegally from the old country. When the niece he raised from childhood falls for one of the guests, his anger causes him to violate one of the cardinal rules he himself laid down. This leads to disaster. The plot is well laid out, the narrative is easy to follow, and the characters are well developed. It lacks the punch of some of his better known works, but it is still a worthwhile work. ( )
  quantum_flapdoodle | Apr 18, 2014 |
Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams are two playwrights whose work I really want to read more. This one was solid and I'm more excited for the upcoming auditions now ( )
  davadog13 | Nov 21, 2013 |
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America's greatest playwright weaves "a vivid, crackling, idiomatic psychosexual horror tale." —Frank Rich, The New York Times

In A View from the Bridge Arthur Miller explores the intersection between one man's self-delusion and the brutal trajectory of fate. Eddie Carbone is a Brooklyn longshoreman, a hard-working man whose life has been soothingly predictable. He hasn't counted on the arrival of two of his wife's relatives, illegal immigrants from Italy; nor has he recognized his true feelings for his beautiful niece, Catherine. And in due course, what Eddie doesn't know—about her, about life, about his own heart—will have devastating consequences.

"The play has moments of intense power. . . . Miller plays on the audience with the skill of a master." —Clive Barnes, New York Post

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Tragedy. An Italian warped by jealous love for his wife's niece brings disaster upon himself and two illegal Italian immigrants. 2 acts, 12 men, 3 women, extras, 1 setting.

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