Scarlett Johansson scores raves in Broadway debut

Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:24pm EST
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By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sporting a thick Brooklyn accent, actress Scarlett Johansson won accolades in reviews posted on Monday for her Broadway debut in playwright Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge."

Starring in a revival of Miller's mid-1950s play alongside actor Liev Schreiber, the New York-born actress who already is a marquee name in movies has dazzled Broadway critics after the play opened on Sunday.

Johansson, 25, made "an enchanting Broadway debut" in the role of Catherine, the 17-year-old niece of an Italian-American longshoreman, wrote USA Today, in "what could be this season's most inspired piece of movie-star casting."

"Johansson's performance is a revelation," the review concluded.

After Sunday's opening night performance Johansson told Reuters television on the red carpet that it was "a new thing" to appear on stage and have people "bear witness to what essentially feels like you're baring your soul. It's a little bit of a scary thing."

Showbiz newspaper Variety called Johansson's performance "remarkably assured" in toeing the line between her character's girlish sensuality and emerging independence with "touching dignity."

Johansson performed the role with "seeming effortlessness," said The New York Times, and compared favorably to stage performances by other film stars in recent years including Julia Roberts and Katie Holmes, who made her debut in another of Miller's plays, "All My Sons."

"By comparison, Ms. Johansson melts into her character so thoroughly that her nimbus of celebrity disappears," said the Times.   Continued...