Alley Theatre resident actor James Black will return to the Alley Theatre to star as Eddie Carbone in the Houston theatre's revival of Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge. Stephen Rayne (Royal Shakespeare Company) directs.
Black made his Broadway debut as the prison leader in the Circle in the Square production of Tennessee William's "lost" play, Not About Nightingales. In his 11th season with the Alley, Black has portrayed a wide variety of characters from Roy Cohn in Angels in America, Buzz Hauser in Love! Valour! Compassion!, the title role in Macbeth, Agatha Christie's detective Hercule Poirot in Black Coffee and multiple roles in Mere Mortals.
A View From the Bridge takes place in an Italian-American community in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge where unhappy longshoreman Carbone becomes dangerously obsessed with his young niece Catherine. When she decided to marry one of his wife's cousins, Carbone decides to do all he can to destroy Catherine's relationship with the other man. View received a successful Tony Award-winning revival at the Roundabout Theatre in the 1997-98 season that starred Anthony LaPaglia. That production then transferred to the Neil Simon Theatre, eventually with Tony Danza replacing LaPaglia.
Tickets for Bridge are $49-$19 and available by calling the Alley box office at (713) 228-9341 ext. 350. The Alley Theatre is on the web at http://www.alleytheatre.com.
-- By Christine Ehren