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Scarlett Johansson's appeal apparently translates just fine from screen to stage. The actress, 25, made her Broadway debut Sunday and has garnered rave reviews for her performance in the Arthur Miller drama A View From the Bridge.
The New York Times compared Johansson's stage-acting skills with stars such as Julia Roberts and Keira Knightley. "Film actresses as famous as Ms. Johansson tend to create their own discomfort zones onstage, defined by the mixed expectations of fans and skeptics," Times critic Ben Brantley wrote. "By comparison, Ms. Johansson melts into her character so thoroughly that her nimbus of celebrity disappears."
"It's just wonderful to watch Johansson challenge both herself and our expectations of her," a New York Post reviewer says. "[She] comes out of left field with a committed performance that's resolutely unshowy. She certainly does better by Miller than Katie Holmes did in 2008's All My Sons."
Playing a teen temptress opposite Liev Shreiber, Variety concurs that Johansson's performance is spot-on. "Looking shapely in tight sweaters and skirts yet still girlishly oblivious to her sensuality, Johansson embodies this dilemma with touching dignity, as much in her moments of cautious distance as those of heated self-assertiveness."
And the New York Daily News simply called Johansson "startlingly good."
Sounds like the Lost in Translation star could be on her way to a Tony nomination this spring. If you want to catch her performance, you'd better hurry -- this revival of A View From the Bridge only runs until April 4.
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