The Crucible
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The Crucible

The Crucible NYC Reviews and Tickets

(843 Ratings)
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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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (843)

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281 Reviews | 27 Followers
Must see, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if If you want to see a great show done flawlessly

Don't see it if You have trouble sitting for over two hours

55 Reviews | 16 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Refreshing

See it if you are able to imagine a classic tale told with modern staging.

Don't see it if only want to see a classic in its traditional setting time frame.

75 Reviews | 10 Followers
Great staging, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you love the play and want to see it with fresh eyes. It's almost a different play.

Don't see it if you want a happy ending.

172 Reviews | 31 Followers
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Smart interpretation.

Don't see it if You're a commercial theatre goer.

193 Reviews | 29 Followers

See it if You want to see an old play that is updated and has brilliant British Shakespearean actors such as Whishaw & Okonedo

Don't see it if You cant pay attention easily

258 Reviews | 104 Followers
Absorbing, Edgy, Profound, Riveting, Intense

See it if You are in the mood for an intense, gripping theater experience

Don't see it if You are looking for something light-hearted You are looking for something 90 minutes or under

125 Reviews | 36 Followers
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant

See it if You love long complex dramas, beautiful staging. Overall a cohesive and revelatory production

Don't see it if You prefer lighter storylines and shorter comedies.b

78 Reviews | 76 Followers
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you're craving a modern and electrifying version of The Crucible. Brilliantly directed by Ivo Van Hove.

Don't see it if you don't like modern interpretations of classic plays or don't enjoy being scared. This ain't you're Grandma's version of The Crucible.

Critic Reviews (49)

The New York Times
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 members of his large ensemble find revealing new shapes within archetypes and insist that we grasp and even sympathize with their characters’ perspectives."
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Time Out New York
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 to ignore...Miller’s masterpiece, still a model of post-Ibsenite drama, holds up...'The Crucible' has to be seen—even if not every flourish works...Still, the cast is ridiculously stuffed with talent."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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, and sometimes it’s staged that way. Van Hove sweeps all that away, letting us feel more strongly the role the play’s overwhelming structural brilliance plays in locking us down."
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The Wall Street Journal
March 31st, 2016

"It’s amazing how much damage Ivo van Hove, the most pretentious stage director of our time, can do to a good play...He’s attacked 'The Crucible' with a steamroller, turning Miller’s play into a slow-moving study in extreme tedium. Directorial miscalculations abound...To do such a play in modern dress is to take its already over-obvious symbolism and make it clownishly blatant...Van Hove’s staging of the first act is so unvaried in pace that he manages to make it boring."
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March 31st, 2016

"Ivo van Hove’s lucid and often mesmerizing production honors all of those big factors without overwhelming us—unless it’s by the sheer impact of a company so right in nearly every detail, from the major roles to those less so...I think the impact must be quite similar to that felt by theatergoers 63 years ago...The set is the production’s major misstep, a serious one...I have often found his work pretentious and misguided. Not here...This is a definitive production."
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New York Daily News
March 31st, 2016

"Good things come to those who wait. Remember that. Because it takes a long time for Broadway’s star-studded revival of Arthur Miller’s 'The Crucible' to cast a spell. In the end, it does. The final 15 minutes of this play, set amid the Salem witch trials, are built to be shattering and heart-wrenching...As for the preceding 135 minutes — not so much. The drama is packed with ideas about truth and power. But as played here, it’s high on talk, but stubbornly low on impact."
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March 31st, 2016

"There’s bound to be head-scratching over Ivo van Hove’s peculiar Broadway production of 'The Crucible'...The ensemble is superb, and the play sustains its power to shock and thrill. But the directorial concept is baffling...It’s too big, too complex, too philosophical to deconstruct and reduce to its 'essence'...Rather than suggesting a universal time frame, this lack of specificity tells us we’re nowhere.”
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 account of the institutional arrogance and ignorance that are a threat to civil liberties in any age, particularly when the dividing lines separating politics, religion and the judiciary become blurred."
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