First Nighter: Ivo van Hove Does Wonders With Arthur Miller's <i>View From the Bridge</i>-
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The tic I find annoying in the work of very busy director Ivo van Hove is happily suppressed for his revival of A View From the Bridge, birthday-boy Arthur Miller's unrelenting, as usual, play. That's why I don't hesitate to call this production the best he's ever targeted for the theater-going public.
The tic to which I refer is van Hove's habit of examining plays -- by Eugene O'Neill, Tennessee Williams, Henrik Ibsen, Ingmar Bergman (in his case, the Scenes From a Marriage film)--for their subtexts so that he then can baldly stage the subtext(s) he's discerned. Others may find the approach adventurous, involving. I find it uncalled for and, really, indefensible.
The reason he shifts gears for A View From the Bridge, at the Lyceum, may be because Miller beat him to it. The playwright wasn't reticent about stressing his respect for Greek tragedy, and nowhere more bluntly than he flaunts it here. The harrowing opus begins with a lawyer called Alfieri (Michael Gould), who could
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