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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

The Crucible

L.A. Theatre Works Full Cast Performance

by Arthur Miller

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Unabridged Edition
Running Time
2 Hrs.
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  4.2  Stars Based on 5 ratings


Richard Dreyfuss and Stacy Keach stars in Arthur Miller’s classic The Crucible, a central work in the canon of American drama that remains required reading in most high school and college English courses.

In the rigid theocracy of Salem, Massachusetts, rumors that women are practicing witchcraft galvanize the town. In a searing portrait of a community engulfed by panic - with  ruthless prosecutors, and neighbors eager to testify against neighbor - The Crucible famously mirrors the anti-Communist hysteria that held the United States in its grip in the 1950’s.

A Tony Award Winner for Best Play.

Audiofile Magazine review: "At once an allegory of the 1950s' anti-communist witch hunts and a spotlight on seventeenth-century witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts, this play shows how ignorance and good intentions can interweave to destroy lives. The star-studded cast ratchets the tension to a disturbing level as the town disintegrates. The young girls playing at witchcraft shriek in irregular counterpoint to the quiet, terrifying judgments rendered by Reverend Harris (Michael York), and doubt is ever more audible in the voice of Reverend Hale (Richard Dreyfuss). Most moving is Stacy Keach as John Proctor, who fights to salvage some good from the trials that destroy Salem."

 A L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance starring (in alphabethical order): Irene Aranga as Mercy Lewis
Rene Auberjonois as Deputy Governor Danforth
Ed Begley Jr. as Thomas Putnam
Georgia Brown as Rebecca Nurse
Jack Coleman as Marshal Herrick
Bud Cort as Ezekiel Cheever
Richard Dreyfuss as Reverend John Hale
Judyann Elder as Tituba
Hector Elizondo as Giles Corey
Fionnula Flanagan as Reverend John Hale
Ann Hearne as Susanna Walcott
Carol Kane as Mary Warren
Stacy Keach as John Proctor
Anna Sophie Loewenberg as Betty Parris
Marian Mercer as Mrs. Ann Putnam
Franklyn Seales as Judge Hathorne
Madolyn Smith as Abigail Williams
Joe Spano as Francis Nurse
Michael York as Reverend Parris

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Reviewer LOLDavid
 November 18, 2011
L.A. Theatre Works pulled together a great cast to put on Arthur Miller's classic "The Crucible". The hysteria is high in these superb performances as the town of Salem is shrowded in the darkness of witchcraft, which is actually just a lot of fear, paranoia, and hatred that gets out of hand. The sound design is great as all the overlapping dialogue really amounts to a terrifying atmosphere of accusation. The play works well as an allegory for both the 1950s Red Scare and the global witch hunt for Terror we're currently crusading on.

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  • Published: 2002
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: T016830
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