A View from the Bridge extended at the Goodman Theatre

A View from the Bridge extended at the Goodman Theatre
Ian Bedford (Eddie), Catherine Combs (Catherine) and Andrus Nichols (Beatrice) in A View From the Bridge by Arthur Miller, directed by Ivo van Hove. Photo credit: Liz Lauren

“He was as good a man as he had to be”

Alfieri describing Eddie at the beginning of Arthur Miller’s “A View from the Bridge.”

It couldn’t have been an easy life for Brooklyn longshoreman Eddie Carbone (Ian Bedford). He worked hard to provide for his wife and orphaned niece. He was a proud man, a stubborn man. He went to work everyday, worked hard, came home then returned to work.

Each day pretty much the same.

But somewhere along the way, things went terribly wrong for the man who “was as good a man as he had to be.”

Photo credit: Liz Lauren

Eddie and Alfieri (Ezra Knight). Photo credit: Liz Lauren

Visionary Belgian director Ivo van Hove has injected a raw, pulsating energy into Arthur Miller’s “A View from the Bridge”—recipient of 2016 Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Play and Best Director with sold-out runs on Broadway and London’s West End.

Now this touring production has come to Chicago where it is being played out on a stark Goodman Theatre stage–a powerful perfectly cast American Tragedy.

Arthur Miller’s 1955 classic has come full circle–a timeless piece that resonates maybe even more today than when it was first staged.


Ian Bedford (Eddie), Catherine Combs (Catherine) and Andrus Nichols (Beatrice). Photo: Liz Lauren

The voice of reason, Alfieri (Ezra Knight), a veteran lawyer who possesses a keen sense of the dynamics of this working class neighborhood near the Brooklyn Bridge, is able to step in and out of the play in his role of narrator–giving the onlookers the objective “view from the bridge” as the tension mounts culminating in the chilling climax.

Eddie who promised Catherine’s mother “on her death bed” that he would take care of her daughter Catherine (Catherine Combs) as he and his wife, Catherine’s mother’s sister Beatrice (Andrus Nichols) were married–and would raise her as their own.

True to his word, Eddie does everything for Catherine, feeling in the early years–a strong paternal love. Then something more.

The play opens when Catherine is 17 and has a turned into a smart attractive woman. Eddie is still treating her as a child yet feels a strong attraction to her (that he won’t acknowledge).


Catherine (Catherine Combs) and Rodolpho (Daniel Abeles). Photo: Liz Lauren

Things begin to go off the rails when Eddie welcomes his wife’s immigrant cousins, Rodolpho (Daniel Abeles) and Marco Brandon Espinoza to America and his home.

But when Rodolpho falls for Eddie’s niece, Catherine, Eddie’s jealous mistrust exposes his unspeakable secret—one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal.

The cast also includes: Ronald Conner as Louis and James D. Farruggio as Officer.

The creative team includes Jan Versweyveld (Set and Lights), An D’Huys (Costumes), Tom Gibbons (Sound). Jeff James is the Associate Director and Briana J. Fahey is the Production Stage Manager.


Seven more performances have been added to Tony Award winner Ivo van Hove’s “remarkable re-imagining of Arthur Miller’s [A View From the Bridge]” .


Wednesday, October 18 at 7:30pm
Thursday, October 19 at 11am and 7:30pm (limited availability at 11am due to student matinee)
Friday, October 20 at 8pm
Saturday, October 21 at 2pm and 8pm
Sunday, October 22 at 2pm (Closing performance)

Rating: 4 out of 4 stars
When: Through October 22, 2017
Where: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn
Tickets: $20 – $95
Info: www.goodmantheatre.org
Running time: 2 hours, with no intermission

Want to see A View from the Bridge up-close and personal? For the first time ever, patrons can sit directly on stage in the Albert Theatre. Seats are comfortable, fully cushioned stadium-style benches with backs

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