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Arts & Entertainment - March 17, 2017

Pear Theatre presents 'A View from the Bridge'

Arthur Miller's 1955 drama sheds light on modern crises

by Janet Silver Ghent

On a nearly bare stage roped off in red, white and blue, like a patriotic boxing ring, a cultural battle plays out in the home of Eddie Carbone, a domineering Brooklyn longshoreman with a long-suffering wife, Beatrice. The third party in the domestic triangle is their stunning 17-year-old orphaned niece, Catherine, for whom Eddie's unsavory attraction is obvious to all but him. With the sudden arrival of two Sicilian stowaways, brothers and family members who inject themselves into the Carbones small apartment, that triangle turns into a precarious pentagon. Then, when the handsome younger brother takes a shine to the sexy Catherine and she returns his affection, that pentagon implodes.

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