The Crucible
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The Crucible
79

The Crucible NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(844 Reviews)
Positive
81%
Mixed
15%
Negative
4%
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.

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1085 Reviews | 265 Followers
79
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.

1015 Reviews | 420 Followers
88
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!

982 Reviews | 343 Followers
65
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.

891 Reviews | 259 Followers
89
Absorbing, Riveting, Great staging, Great acting, Intense

See it if you like revivals of great plays - written by Miller, this was a great production with Ben Wishshaw and Saoirse Ronan leading the action.

Don't see it if you missed this production, but this play never fails to hit home with messages very relevant to today!

546 Reviews | 1879 Followers
63
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

716 Reviews | 219 Followers
95
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.

754 Reviews | 124 Followers
79
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.

716 Reviews | 157 Followers
86
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

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 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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Entertainment Weekly
March 31st, 2016

"The play’s easy-to-understand themes of mob mentality and mass hysteria have made it Miller’s most produced work, yet the piece is somewhat flat...Thus the prospect of maestro Belgian director Ivo van Hove putting his inimitable stamp on Miller’s work is too tantalizing to resist. Even if the results are mixed...Van Hove has a knack for stagecraft, that’s for sure...Van Hove’s bold, electric production doesn’t quite juice Miller’s morality play with the ambiguity it needs to be truly tragic."
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Variety
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 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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Deadline
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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