Friday, 10 November 2017

A View From The Bridge

Old Fitz Theatre
I have often read rave reports of productions staged at the Old Fitz Theatre, a small venue located within the Old Fitzroy Hotel, a traditional style pub in the Sydney harbourside working suburb of Woolloomooloo. This week I experienced their offerings for the first time and I am impressed.

Arthur Miller's 'A View From The Bridge' depicts a family of Italian New Yorkers who take in several of their Italian relatives who have entered the USA illegally. The intrusion of these relatives places strains on the family and brings to the surface previously concealed tensions and desires.

The performance space at the Old Fitz Theatre is tiny. Little more than a narrow passageway between two banks of audience seats accommodating about 60 audience members at the most. With no set and only one chair as a prop the cast delivers an astonishingly powerful presentation. It is unfair to single out any cast members yet I have to name Ivan Donato, David Soncin, Zoe Terakes and Janine Watson; all four are superb. The other cast members are Giles Gartrell-Mills, David Lynch and Lincoln Younes and they complete a wonderful ensemble.

Word of mouth has been speedy and the season is sold out. I look forward to attending other productions at this intriguing venue.


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