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"As a director of the play 'A View from the Bridge', how would you stage the final moments of Act One?''

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A View from the Bridge "As a director of the play 'A View from the Bridge', how would you stage the final moments of Act One?'' The final moments of Act One are some of the most tense and dramatic in the entire play, and thus they need to be emphasized in such a way that the audience understand their significance and start anticipating the next act. A director must be careful in doing this, to avoid overdoing the drama and therefore making the production seem unrealistic. In this scene, the whole Carbone family - Eddie, Beatrice, Catherine, Marco and Rodolpho - are in the living room of the Red Hook apartment. They have just finished dinner and I think it would be a good idea to have the sun setting on the horizon out of a window. Some brilliant lighting effects could be done here. It also tells the audience that the end of this act is nigh, so something dramatic is going to happen. ...read more.

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I might tell the actress to reflect this part of her by putting in some fake smiles. Marco tries to stay neutral on the matter. He does defend Rodolpho in the face of Eddie, but is firm with Rodolpho and gives him warnings, ("You come home early now, Rodolpho'') as he does not want him to get into trouble and jeopardise his status with Eddie any further. Leading up to the ending, there is a heated discussion going on where Eddie is accusing Rodolpho of "dragging off Catherine without permission''. During these conversations, pauses and silences can encapsulate the tension, and the characters' feeling uncomfortable with each other. Miller plays on this - "There is a pause, an awkwardness''. At this point Eddie is using any excuse he can to put Rodolpho down, in order to drive a wedge between him and Catherine. It is not working as they are deeply in love, so he gets quite desperate and resorts to blunt, put-down comments. ...read more.

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Eddie obviously picks up on this message, as his grin fades. This is the point where the story changes from a petty squabble to a civil war, and it is now inevitable that Marco and Eddie will confront each other. The best way for the drama to be maximised is by orchestral music, which could start up quietly whilst Eddie lifts the chair and gradually escalate. While Marco has a go, the music could suddenly turn sinister-sounding, which correlates with the feelings of the characters. As the sun drops down, the tension reaches a climax and the music gets very loud, the audience should realise that it is too late for Eddie to even try to accept Catherine and Rodolpho's love, because Marco knows very well what he's up to. If Eddie does decide to apologize and turn over a new leaf, both Marco and Beatrice would know that he's lying and not accept it. There is now no solution to this unfolding chaos - someone in it has a destiny, and that destiny is to die. ...read more.

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