I’d open this by saying it’s refreshing to have a choice of options by Arthur Miller that don’t include regular fare like “Death of a Salesman,” but that would be ridiculous since nobody stages Miller’s best known play either. Because actors capable of tackling Willy Loman don’t grow on trees, dontcha know.
The Dearth of a “Salesman” in L.A., however, is the subject of another post. The subject of this post is the offering of a couple Miller plays – one semi frequently mounted, one not.
Many of us know “The Crucible,” Miller’s parable of the McCarthy Red Scare hearings set during the Salem witch trial. We know it from high school, from college, from hashing it over with our now (gulp!) middle school aged son.
L.A. playgoers have one more weekend to see the “partner” (AKA double) -cast Antaeus Company production of “The Crucible” playing at the Antaeus digs on Lankershim in NoHo. Bo Foxworth and Christopher Guilmet alternate in the role of trapped farmer John Proctor with Kimiko Gelman and Devon Sorvari sharing Procter’s wife Elizabeth. Armin Shimerman and Geoffrey Wade co-direct what is – with the double casting – a very large cast.
The last Broadway revival of “The Crucible” was more than a decade ago with Liam Neeson and Laura Linney for director Richard Eyre. The film adaptation directed by Nicholas Hytner starred Daniel Day Lewis, Joan Allen and Wynona Ryder. Foxworth’s father Robert Foxworth – who does make the rounds in SoCal theater – played Proctor on Broadway in 1972.
Tickets are $30-$34 for the final four performances. (818) 506-1983, www.Antaeus.org.
Across town by the beach, Pacific Resident Theatre is reviving Miller’s “A View from the Bridge.” “Bridge” is the tale of longshoreman Eddie Carbone who is stuck in a passionate but now largely loveless marriage with his fiery wife Beatrice and finds himself drawn to his orphaned niece Catherine. The arrival of two of Beatrice’s cousins from Italy complicates matters significantly.
The 2009 Broadway revival won Scarlett Johansson a Tony award in her Broadway review. Anthony LaPaglia, who won a Tony for the 1997 revival had been working for some time to direct and star in a film adaptation, but it never came to pass. A 1962 film directed by Sidney Lumet stars Raf Villone, Maureen Stapleton and Carol Lawrence.
PRT’s production, co-directed by company Artistic Director Marilyn Fox and Dana Jackson, stars Vince Melocch, Melissa Weber Bales, Lisa Cirincione, Jeff Lorch and Robert Lesser. It plays 8 p.m. Thur.-Sat.; through Aug. 25 at 703 Venice Boulevard, Venice. $20-$28. (310) 822-8392, www.PacificResidentTheatre.com.