While this is set in Brooklyn in the 1950s, the script and the subjects it covers seem even more pertinent today. The plot is simple – but the emotions are complex and, at times raw.
Dockworker Eddie Carbone lives with his long-suffering wife Beatrice and 17-year-old niece Catherine – with whom he has an unhealthy obsession.
Illegal immigrants Marco and Rodolpho, relatives of Beatrice, come to stay. Eddie has little time for Rodolpho, implying that he’s gay because he cooks and sings. So, when Catherine falls in love with Rodolpho, it unleashes rage, betrayal and revenge as the play moves inexorably toward an awful ending.
Like all Miller’s works, this is a stunningly well written, dealing with complex and highly relevant issues that always enthral audiences.