In Miller's 1955 play, which hasn't been seen in the West End since 1995, Carbone, a head-strong longshoreman, is protectively raising his wife's orphaned niece, Catherine. But when Eddie's feelings for Catherine develop from paternal protectiveness to sexual desire, his struggle to contain his emotions leads him on a path of self destruction transforming him from a respected, honourable man to a virtual stranger shamed and broken by his own actions.
Many critics referenced Alan Ayckbourn's acclaimed 1989 National Theatre revival, which starred Michael Gambon, for comparative purposes. And most concluded that Stott's “wonderfully compelling” portrayal of Carbone was at least the match of Gambon's. There were some detractors who criticised the scope and pace of Posner's production, but they failed to rain on Stott's parade. And there was no shortage of superlatives for his fellow cast members, particularly the “excellent” Mastrantonio and “vivacious” Atwell. All in all, this wasn't a Bridge too far...
- by Theo Bosanquet
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