Jay Ryan

A smoldering 'View From the Bridge' turns up the heat at the Ahmanson

A smoldering 'View From the Bridge' turns up the heat at the Ahmanson

In Ivo van Hove’s celebrated production of Arthur Miller’s “A View From the Bridge,” the direction is the star. The Belgian auteur, who leads Holland’s preeminent theater company, Toneelgroep Amsterdam, made his Broadway debut with this stylized revival that took London by storm.

It’s not a common occurrence that a deconstructed production of a contemporary classic winds up winning both the Olivier Award and the Tony Award for best direction. But this turned out to be a stunningly fruitful match of sensibilities.

Van Hove is an avant-gardist with a keen appreciation for plays — American plays in particular. His off-Broadway productions...

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