Sunday, May 26

Tag: Arthur Miller

A View From the Bridge – Players Theatre
North West

A View From the Bridge – Players Theatre

Directed by Josh Holden, Arthur Miller’s classic drama, ‘A View From the Bridge' is being performed this week at the Players Theatre in Cheadle Hulme. First performed in 1955, it must be acknowledged that to take on such a classic tale is a brave undertaking for any amateur theatre company. However, one thing that is certain is that this award-winning group are consistent in their passion to produce quality productions.Set near Brooklyn Bridge, the story follows ‘Eddie Carbone’, a working-class longshoreman and the arrival of his wife Beatrice’s two cousins who arrive illegally from Italy and stay with them in their apartment. Eddie had also become fixated by his wife's niece ‘Catherine’ and struggles to keep his complicated feelings to himself. The struggle deepens as Catherine falls in ...
A View From The Bridge – Octagon Theatre
North West

A View From The Bridge – Octagon Theatre

It isn’t often that one goes to see a production and as the final ‘curtain’ falls the audience appear to be engaged in a collective holding of breath, momentarily stunned to silence. This was the case tonight as the Octagon Theatre Bolton launched its Autumn/Winter season with the Arthur Miller masterpiece ‘A View From the Bridge’. Set in the Italian - American neighborhood of Red Hook in Brooklyn, New York in the 1950s, this tragic play tells the story of Eddie Carbone, an ordinary working man who develops an improper and obsessional love for Catherine, his wife Beatrice’s orphaned niece, and to whom he has been a father figure since her childhood. This obsession is put under unbearable strain when Beatrice’s cousins, Marco and Rodolpho illegally enter the country from their work star...
The Crucible – Woolton Drama Group at St James’ Hall, Woolton
North West

The Crucible – Woolton Drama Group at St James’ Hall, Woolton

Whilst Arthur Miller’s 1953 play dramatises the true story of the horrific with hunts in Salem, Massachusetts at the end of the 17th century, at its time of writing it was an allegory of the anti-Communist persecutions in post-World War 2 McCarthy era USA. That it remains an accurate reflection of the fashion and fad culture of today reinforces the idiom that rather than learn from history we continue to make the same mistakes. Act I sets the background to the play and to the mischief which will become frenzy as the sanity of this God-fearing community is broken down with the upright Reverend Pariss (Andrew Parsons) and the Putnams (Curtis McGuinness and Georgina Anwyl) waiting expectantly on his afflicted daughter Betty (Razz Cadman). The arrival of Giles Corey (Zoran Blackie), Revere...
Scottish Ballet: The Crucible – Sadler’s Wells
London

Scottish Ballet: The Crucible – Sadler’s Wells

Arthur Miller’s The Crucible has a rare quality of being ubiquitous, but consistently relevant, provocative and timely. There’s always a witch hunt somewhere. Medieval villagers with pitchforks have evolved into middle aged idiots on Facebook. Or mob-giddy kids on TikTok. Theocracies continue to thrive, and the oppression in those places can make The Crucible seem tame. I’m looking at you; Yemen, Afghanistan, The Vatican, Saudi Arabia and Iran. Arthur Miller was famously a victim of McCarthy era ‘Reds under the Bed’ paranoia. The playwright was questioned by the House of Representatives' Committee on Un-American Activities in 1956 and convicted of contempt of Congress for refusing to identify others present at meetings he had attended. His play is more than just an allegorical spin on ...
Death of a Salesman – Eugene O’Neill Theatre
REVIEWS

Death of a Salesman – Eugene O’Neill Theatre

In an unprecedented collaboration with Showtime and The Actors Fund, Goodman Theatre presents a free stream of the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, starring Brian Dennehy, and directed by Goodman Artistic Director Robert Falls. This production, featuring the Broadway cast at Eugene O’Neill Theatre, was captured on film in 2000 and has not aired since its original release. A tired salesman, 60-year old Willy Loman (Brian Dennehy), returns to his Brooklyn home and wife, Linda (Elizabeth Franz), following an arduous road trip in which yet again he has failed to meet his target. But Willy doesn’t want to face the reality of his situation and the outstanding bills when he can indulge in the illusion of success that he believes is ultimately gove...