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'A View from the Bridge' takes on homophobia, immigration

A climate of fear, distrust and burgeoning violence permeates Arthur Miller's 1956 play "A View From the Bridge," which takes a withering look at the lives of Italian immigrants in 1950s Brooklyn.

A Kavinoky Theatre production of the show, which received a powerful airing from the Subversive Theatre Collective in 2014, opens March 3 in the Kavinoky Theatre (320 Porter Ave.). It tells the story of an Italian-American family dealing with the economic and social pressures of life as outsiders at a time when suspicion reigned and a virulent strain of American nationalism was taking root.

Into that toxic atmosphere, Miller's play inserts a tale of personal jealousy and unrequited love, the results of which -- true to the form of a classic Greek tragedy -- are difficult to digest.

"Miller wrote his play after hearing a longshoreman's true tale of an honorable man ruined by an obsession to which he himself was blind," according to a Kavinoky release. "The story of a dock worker whose code of honor depends on protecting migrants is as relevant today as it was when it was written more than 50 years ago."

The Kavinoky production, directed by Robert Waterhouse, stars John Fredo, Debbie Pappas, Adriano Gatto, Adam Yellen and Peter Palmisano. Tickets are $38 to $42. Call 829-7668 or visit

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