Already closed | 2h 45m | Midtown W

The Crucible

From 844 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great staging

About the show

Arthur Miller’s 'The Crucible' returns to Broadway in a new production directed by acclaimed Belgian director Ivo van Hove, who has an inventive take on this timeless parable of morality and intolerance. More…

Set during the Salem witch trials of the 1690s, Arthur Miller's allegorical play focuses on a young farmer, his wife, and a young servant girl who accuses the wife of witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to court to expose her lie but instead gets caught up in whirlwind of bigotry and deceit as he too is accused and ultimately condemned with a host of others.

2h 45m | Already closed | Walter Kerr Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (844)


Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great staging
Avg Score

Intense, Long, Misinterpreted, Absorbing, Disappointing

See it if you want to experience this rarely performed classic. Even thru the fog of poor direction, you'll glimpse the fascinating, intelligent play.

Don't see it if you want to see Miller's vision. TC is historically based (Salem and McCarthyism) which is lost here. Great actors wasted, boring set. Meh.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Resonant

See it if You like a good intelligent, thought provoking story told in an interesting different style.

Don't see it if You don't like any changes to the classics. This is not like any Crucible you've ever seen!

Confusing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful

See it if if you like the story. If you like Arthur Miller. Real good acting, staging.

Don't see it if slow at times, can get confusing if not watched carefully.

Slow, Overrated, Great acting

See it if This is an important show for you. I found it slow and plodding despite the clearly evident talent on stage.

Don't see it if Aren't a fan of language heavy classics

Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Profound, Intense

See it if You enjoy great literature and want to be riveted to the stage. I loved Ivan Van Hove's interpretation.

Don't see it if You prefer a lighter subject, or a more cautious director.

Absorbing, Riveting, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you have never seen Arthur Miller's timeless masterpiece or want a powerful reminder of why the story still resonates.

Don't see it if you can't get past the heavy-handed, enigmatic direction by the otherwise imaginative & clever Ivo van Hove. (Why do they fly? Why a wolf?)

Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you'd like a fresh take on the Miller play that forces you to listen to the lines and use imagination, good performances, stunning images

Don't see it if you're tired of the play and don't think it can say anything new to you, don't liek van Hove's style which plants play in unusual setting

Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you never read it or saw it. Some of the production choices change the original intent of the play but it is still an thought provoking show

Don't see it if you remember other productions or studied it in school.

Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Absorbing, Exquisite

See it if you want to see a great, extremely well-acted production of what must be one of the best plays ever written.

Don't see it if you don't want to be upset (in the best way) for close to 3 hours.

Great writing, Bizarre staging, Uneven performances, Distracting music, Confusing

See it if You want to see one of the great American plays. You're a fan of Saoirse Ronan. You've already read/seen The Crucible.

Don't see it if You've never seen/read The Crucible. You want directing & staging that makes sense: lots of odd choices that don't enhance the play.

Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Intense, Atmospheric

See it if you're interested in serious, moody shows with a hint of the supernatural, or if you're into true stories.

Don't see it if you're turned off by nontraditional interpretations of classic works, or you're just looking for a laugh.

Absorbing, Disappointing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You love the play itself and don't mind an atypical production.

Don't see it if You have incredibly fond memories of the last revival and/or disliked Ivo van Hove's previous productions.

Great acting, Intense, Edgy, Gimmicky, Slow

See it if you are a fan of Arthur Miller, Ivo van Hove and Phillip Glass, you like excellent acting and an extremely intense final 15 minutes.

Don't see it if you do not like gimmicky, pretentious, unnecessary effects and a slow first act.

Boring, Excruciating, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if you want to fall asleep, you are only interested in seeing the talented ensemble of actors live

Don't see it if you loved Ivo van Hove's other recent works and don't want to be disappointed

Disappointing, Slow, Overrated, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if you want to be astounded by one actor/character rising above all others and the material: Ben Whishaw. He equaled Liam Neeson. Hard to do.

Don't see it if you are not willing to watch a black hole for Abigail Williams. you didn't like View from a Bridge. Want muted Ciaran Hinds/Sophie Okeneedo

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Original

See it if you want to see an exciting new perspective on one of Miller's great plays.

Don't see it if you don't care about new visions of great American classics.

Bad directing great play

See it if You like Arthur Miller. Super acting. Salem witch trials mimic McCarthy era in USA. Wrongly accused. Intelligent drama important story.

Don't see it if You don't want to think. No sets or costumes to speak of. Directors choice of bare bones does not work for me. The acting and words save it

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting

See it if you like a classic that is relevant today

Don't see it if you want something sparkly and light

Great acting, Intense, Profound, Long, Thought-provoking

See it if Classic play with great acting performances all around; strange, symbolic imagery and modern dress were interesting directorial choices.

Don't see it if You don't want to sit through a long play; the schoolroom setting and modern dress did not enhance the story for me.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Original

See it if You want to see an original take on a classic play. Great staging.Terrific performances by outstanding cast.

Don't see it if You don't want to be entertained by an absorbing production of an American classic

Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if Like daring and creative approaches to the classics.

Don't see it if Aren't a Miller or van Hove fan.

Slow, Indulgent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You are interested in a methodical retelling of a classic work. Or if you really like Ivan van hove's distinctive style

Don't see it if You are opposed to modernist interpretations. You are super into dry storytelling

Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Must see, Refreshing

See it if you love miller's play's. Great show with a modern touch.

Don't see it if you want a musical

Ambitious, Confusing, Indulgent, Slow, Banal

See it if you're a fan of directors overdone and under-thought take on a classic you know well to spend the entire time going "huh what?"

Don't see it if you don't want the entire point and thesis of a play to be undermined. Or if bad accents bother you.

Excruciating, Great acting, Intense, Slow

See it if You enjoy Arthur Miller or feel you should see a classic

Don't see it if You are not a fan of dark, brooding sets or writing

March 31st, 2016
"The director Ivo van Hove and a dazzling international cast have plumbed the raw terror in Arthur Miller’s 'The Crucible'. And an endlessly revived historical drama from 1953 suddenly feels like the freshest, scariest play in town...Mr. van Hove knew exactly what he was doing here. All the membe...
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March 31st, 2016
"Van Hove’s electrifying and audacious staging achieves what more revivals should: It makes old work seem new, blows away the dust and exposes caulked cracks...The production avoids overt reference to contemporary headlines, but resonances with today's religious hypocrisy and xenophobia are hard ...
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March 31st, 2016
"Gripping, emotional revival...If van Hove’s directorial choices generally support and enliven the text, and force us to see it fresh, it’s not because he has abandoned his avant-garde armamentarium...I think the mistake teachers often make about 'The Crucible' is that they read it like a novel, ...
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March 31st, 2016
"Almost operatic in their intensity, van Hove's productions are designed to leave audiences agitated and uncomfortable, which is notably the case with this distressing drama, with its steadily amplified sense of horror and indignation...Mesmerizingly acted...The production presents a chilling acc...
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