I have seen Tony LoBianco, Anthony LaPaglia and Liev Schreiber play the lead character Eddie in A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE so going into the current Young Vic production, I thought I knew the play and the emotional arc we would be travelling. Boy was I wrong. I had heard about all the stage artiface (performed in a square with audience on stage, barefoot and no props) and assumed that director Ivo van Hove is using some historic theatrical style to tell the story (as Joel Grey and George C. Wolfe did so beautifully with Brechtian style in THE NORMAL HEART in 2011). Again, I was wrong.
What Mr. van Hove has done is reinforce the fact that this is a memory play, without time lines drawn, centering on the emotional reality of text, not on the physical reality. This allows him to create moments of art on the stage that are stunning and breathtaking; he isn’t constrained to what might actually, physically happen. He also believes in the character of Eddie more than I think even Arthur Miller did. And in doing so, there is a level of tragedy you haven’t seen in this script before.
This is an incredible theatrical event. I hope I get to see it again.