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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 18 2014

Teatro Vista being Teatro Vista, I supposed they'd give us a Latino update on Arthur Miller's 1955 drama. After all, A View From the Bridge deals with illegal immigration, an issue currently, closely, often vociferously identified with America's Latino community. But director Ricardo Gutierrez does something much cannier instead: he plays it straight. The characters remain Sicilians and Sicilian-Americans, exactly as Miller wrote them; the setting remains the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, exactly where Miller put them. So (a) the point is elegantly made that illegals are neither new nor ethnically specific, and (b) that point is never permitted to distract us from the devastating progress of Miller's narrative and its vivid realization in Gutierrez's production. Ramon Camin leads an exceptional cast as Eddie Carbone, the longshoreman who gets unnaturally rattled when the niece he's raised from childhood falls for a charming but undocumented young man. —Tony Adler

Price: $25-$30


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