Ivo van Hove breathes new life into old plays especially Arthur Miller’s

Ivo van Hove directed Arthur Miller's "A View From te Bridge" on Broadway starring (from left), Mark Strong, Phoebe Fox and Nicola Walker. (PHOTO: NYTimes)
Ivo van Hove directed Arthur Miller’s “A View From te Bridge” starring (from left), Mark Strong, Phoebe Fox and Nicola Walker. (PHOTO: NYTimes)

Friday the 13th is Belgian director’s Ivo van Hove’s  lucky day, except luck had nothing to do with it. His staging of “A View From the Bridge” earned an unmitigated rave in the lede article on the NYTimes Weekend Arts cover with an ad for his next show, “The Crucible” anchoring the bottom of the page.

Reviewer Ben Brandley calls “A View From the Bridge” a magnificent reconnection. He writes the cast is led “by the astonishing Mark Strong. “At the end of its uninterrupted two hours,” he continues, “you are wrung out, scooped out and so exhausted that you’re wide awake. You also feel ridiculously blessed to have been a witness to the terrible events you just saw.”

Wow! With those kinds of accolades for Arthur Miller’s “A View From the Bridge” in the review at the top of the Arts cover you gotta think it will benefit the strip ad at the bottom of the page for a 20-week, limited engagement of Miller’s “The Crucible” stage by the same director.

Set and lighting designer Jan Versweyveld designed a  rectangular set resembling a boxing ring with seats on  either side of the  stage.
Set and lighting designer Jan Versweyveld designed a rectangular set with seats on either side of the stage.

The same director who helmed “Scenes From a Marriage,” “Angels in America” and “Antigone” in NYC during the past 13 months. His stripped down, minimalistic approach focuses attention directly on the words and actors. Brantley points out van Hove’s “frequent collaborator, the set and lighting designer Jan Versweyveld, has created a blank rectangular set that evokes a cage fighting ring as well as an ancient amphitheater.”

Visit “A View From the Bridge” website and order tickets here.

Since “Bridge” ends performances Feb. 21 and”Crucible” begins previews Feb. 29, it seems the same set could work for each show. Not haven seen the show yet, I could be totally wrong.

Both plays were performed during the 1950s and written just a few years apart.

To read Brantley’s complete review, click here. 

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Variety/London

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