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The Crucible

a Play
by Arthur Miller

COMPANY : The New American Shakespeare Tavern [WEBSITE]
VENUE : The New American Shakespeare Tavern [WEBSITE]
ID# 435

SHOWING : March 08, 2002 - April 07, 2002



The time: 1692 The place: Salem, Massachusettes The Problem: Witches What happened to the people of Salem?

Director Jeff Watkins
Costume Designer Anne Carole Butler
Production Stage Manager Cindy Kearns
Assistant Stage Manager Deborah McGriff
Mr. Proctor Hugh Adams
Elizabeth Proctor Jennifer Akin
Rebecca Nurse Jane Bass
Thomas Putnam Tony Brown
Mercy Lewis Becky Cormier
Betty Parris Melissa DaPonte
Marshall Herrick Zach Dietrich
Susanna Walcott Lauren Dollar
Female Understudy Rebecca Dutton
Judge Hawthorne Peter Haloulos
Tituba Betty Hart
Francis Nurse Richard Herren
Giles Corey Doug Kaye
Ezekiel Cheever Charles Nelson
Reverend Hale Christopher Paul
Ann Putnam/Sarah Good Jackie Prucha
Reverend Parris Maurice Ralston
Danforth Frank Roberts
Abigail Williams Elizabeth Diane Wells
Mary Warren Lily Yancey
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Excellent, excellent show
by Myreview
Wednesday, March 27, 2002
I saw "The Crucible" at the Tavern last weekend and I am still emotionally drained! This production is very well done and eerily believable. Not to leave anyone out, because they are all so good, but I must mention Hugh Adams as Proctor, Elizabeth Wells as Abigail, Lily Yancey as Mary Warren and Frank Roberts as the chilling Danforth. Kudos also to the supremely funny Doug Kaye as Giles Corey (If Doug can bring humor to "The Crucible", imagine him in a comedy!) and to the youngest cast member, Melissa DaPonte, as Betty Parris, for being able to hold her own with actors of this calibre. Do we have a future star??

I highly recommend that you see this production before it's gone. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Wonderful Experience at the Tavern
by Angelico
Monday, March 25, 2002
Shakespeare Tavern's production of The Crucible is wonderful. If there wasn't such a hefty price tag on seeing this show, I would encourage everyone in town to see it.

Jeff Watkins brings witch trials to life within the Tavern with a cast that others would drool over (with notable exceptions, of course). A few cast members (Maurice Ralston as Rev. Parris and Tony Brown as Thomas Putnam to name two) just played angry with very little variation to that rule.

The stars of the performance were Hugh Adams as John Proctor, Christopher Paul as Reverend Hale, and Lily Yancey as Mary Warren, especially Lily (in my humble opinion). Lily's performance during the trial scenes are appropriately heart wrenching and thought provoking as she must choose between the lies that she has told and the truth that might condemn her even more.

The tavern has a wonderful play on its hands, but if it were only more cost effecient, maybe I'd come back more. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Cost - get serious by caustic
The Tavern's tix at $19 are a bargain relative to other live theatre in town. Or buy a season ticket - a dozen shows for $150, a complete steal.
Watching telly's cheaper but it rots your brain.
Why Miller and Shakespeare were buddies
by chuckster
Tuesday, March 19, 2002
This is one of the finest plays I’ve seen at the Tavern, and it’s an excellent showcase for several of the “traditional” players there. Jennifer Akin is stellar as Elizabeth Proctor, and the relationship between her and Hugh Adams (John Proctor) is very convincing. I found myself wincing when they fought as if I were a good friend forced into overhearing an argument I wished I could have been *anywhere* else for. Which – of course – is a great way to set the stage for watching this play.

I also quite enjoyed Christopher Paul and Maurice Ralston as the point and counterpoint puritan reverends trying to find salvation, either spiritual or political. The rest of the actors were incredibly solid as a supporting cast, and I left the show emotionally drained.

Please do yourself a favor, and don’t miss this play.


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