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Crucible of Talent

May 10, 2016
Arthur Miller’s The Crucible

If you love a good drama, then American playwright Arthur Miller’s 1953 classic The Crucible should be on your hit list. Focused on the fear of witchcraft, rife in Massachusetts’ Salem witch trials of 1692-3, it’s a thinly veiled exploration of America’s paranoia about Communists, which was at its height during the ‘50s McCarthy era when the US government blacklisted those accused of leftist leanings.

Avant-garde Belgian theatre director Ivo van Hove’s inventive revival of the play is now on Broadway with a brilliant all-star cast, reset in a spooky school classroom. The New York Post has described the production as a ‘heart-stopping, bone-chilling masterpiece’, while The New York Times has dubbed it ‘the freshest, scariest play in town’. Staged for 12 weeks only at New York’s Walter Kerr Theatre, it includes a stellar international cast, headed by Brit talents Ben Whishaw (Perfume, Skyfall, Spectre) and Sophie Okonedo (The Slap, Hotel Rwanda). Veteran Irish actor Ciarán Hinds (Game of Thrones, Road to Perdition) and rising Irish-American actress Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn, The Grand Budapest Hotel) also electrify the stage. And yes, that is young hotshot Rookie mag editor Tavi Gevinson playing Mary Warren. The icy, rhythmic music comes care of Philip Glass.

Expect teens levitating, demons making appearances and uncanny goings-on. The staging is timeless and contemporary, with girls in school uniform and bearded men. It’s on until July only, so book ahead.

Until 17 Jul, 2016.

Walter Kerr Theatre / 219 W 48th St / see website for tickets / thecrucibleonbroadway.com

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