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The Crucible (Hunger Theatre)

From 45 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

About the show

Hunger Theatre presents Arthur Miller's classic 1953 drama, which tells the (partially fictionalized) story of the Salem witch trials of 1692-93.  More…

Miller wrote the play as an allegory for McCarthyism – the anti-communist witch hunt against trade unionists, artists, and leftist activists which was in full swing at time of his writing the play.


Member Reviews (45)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking
84
Avg Score

70
Relevant, Difficult sightlines, Strong script, Ambitious, Long

See it if you're a Miller fan. TC is a powerful play, but needs cuts. Uneven acting abilities, altho all are capable. Evil of power abuse is relevant.

Don't see it if you can't sit for 3 hrs. Or dislike melodrama. Or get annoyed at OOB issues: hot room, bad lighting, bad sightlines, lost words to A/C roar.

78
Entertaining, Intelligent, Indulgent, Ambitious

See it if A classic Miller play. Has a bit of a different ending than what was the original. Good acting for the most part. Simple set directed well.

Don't see it if A close to three hour show. Uncomfortable seats . It gets slow at one point.if you want big staging, bigger production.

89
Hair-raising, Timely, Beautifully played, Powerfully staged, Brilliantly constructed

See it if you’d like to see a top-notch, bare-bones production of 1 of the great plays of the mid-20th century—& it still has the power to shake us!

Don't see it if you require a lush production: Hunger Theater works wonders on a shoestring budget.

Also Both Hunger Theatre productions I’ve seen have made a big theatrical b... Read more Read less

83
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Profound, Absorbing

See it if you can appreciate Miller's play with a near bare setting brilliantly performed by a mostly young group of actors. Well directed for space.

Don't see it if you have difficulty hearing softer voices projected away from you over an air conditioner. It is long play with a few very short slow spots.

83
Great acting

See it if You want to see an old classic up close and personal with great acting

Don't see it if You are hoping for a big Broadway set. This set is very bare-bones. Be careful where you sit the light can be blinding

Also The acting was absolutely incredible. Hunger theater took a real gambl... Read more Read less

90
Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if If you like classic plays done in new ways.

Don't see it if If you want to see something with a happy-go-lucky ending

90
Profound, Intense, Epic, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You are in awe of Arthur Miller. You like a good scare.

Don't see it if TBH, I did think it was a little weird that the main characters were almost all men in a show about witches.

98
Great direction, Masterful, Must see, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Almost flawless. Not much more can be said about a great production of a classic play. Alison Wick appears to be a rising young talent

Don't see it if the climb to the inaccessible Access theater will leave you hospitalized. (Just kidding, there is a freight elevator behind the building)

85
Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Powerful

See it if you appreciate iconic theatre regarding horrors of mass communal hysteria prompted by lies, greed, cravings by powerless for attention

Don't see it if you don’t want to be reminded of the parallels of immigrant or Islamaphobia, Me Too, Alt Right with McCarthyism and their effects on power

Also This chilling though long play is as relevant to react-without-regard-... Read more Read less

88
Profound, Great writing, Good acting, Absorbing

See it if you'd like to see a minimally staged, straightforward production of a great American play with good acting.

Don't see it if U dislike Arthur Miller; minimally staged plays in small theatres up 4 flights of stairs.U've seen 1st class fully-staged production of play

78
The original mean girls play

See it if Good barebones production of a powerful play. Some excellent performances, Good use of central stage area and minimal set pieces.

Don't see it if You can't deal with folding chairs with cushions. You are unforgiving if not all actors are up to par. Cordaro and Washington esp good.

Also My review is based on the first act. I went outside at intermission an... Read more Read less

80
Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You would like to see a thought provoking good play with some good acting

Don't see it if You can’t sit through almost 3 hours

70
Relevant, Low budget, Absorbing

See it if you want to be up close and personal with an authentic production of a very relevant play.

Don't see it if inconsistent acting annoys you--the women were excellent but the men overacted​ and their volume was way too loud for the small space.

Also this was a workshop acted in a square space with chairs around--there ... Read more Read less

80
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if Standout acting performances, riveting drama, meaningful storytelling

Don't see it if Some parts are on the slow side; if the theatre set up would be too distracting for you (having audience on both sides of the stage)

Also Some reviewers have mentioned folding chairs which is true but there a... Read more Read less

100
Intense, Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see you great play done by a great cast flawlessly

Don't see it if You can’t sit in one place for over two hours

86
Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you like lean productions of classic plays with intense performances. This would be a great way to first see this play.

Don't see it if if you mind some iffy costuming choices particularly on John Proctor. This play is still highly relevant but it was a scarecrow argument.

79
Scrappy production of a classic, Great writing, Absorbing, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see one of Arthur Miller’s most highly regarded classics performed. You can overlook the amateurish qualities of the production.

Don't see it if Four flight walk up. Bare set. Uneven acting. Folding chairs (cushioned.) My performance ran just over three hours.

Also Kudos to Allison Wick, who is not only excellent as the callous and mi... Read more Read less

72
Relevant, Absorbing, Dated

See it if A solid, but bare bones production of a classic Arthur Miller play, witch-hunt, red scare allegory appeals to you.

Don't see it if You want a large production with any kind of substantial set. The chairs are uncomfortable. The costumes are sloppy. Very off, off Broadway.

Also Despite the amateurish production, this was a surprisingly effective v... Read more Read less

92
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Riveting, Great writing

See it if You want to know what The Crucible is about. This was a strong production although it started a bit slow. Intimate theatre. Commuted acting

Don't see it if You can’t climb 4 steep flights or sit through almost 3 hours. You don’t like small theaters. Or plays about Salem witch trials.

76
Ambitious, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You've never seen the crucible or haven't seen it in a while. It's a solid production

Don't see it if You don't want some uneven performances and pacing issues, especially in the first act. Want better staging; space didn't work well

85
Ambitious, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Wonderful rendition of Arthur Miller's The Crucible. Good acting, and the three hours just flew by

Don't see it if If you prefer a lighter subject matter or musical.

Also My only complaint would be since this is a three-hour production to st... Read more Read less

85
Riveting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You want to see one of Arthur Miller’s plays brought to life by a large cast in an intimate setting.

Don't see it if You are looking for something light and fluffy. This was meaty— three hour production that was well done.

79
Relevant, Intelligent, Epic, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You enjoy Arthur Miller’s plays, are interested in the witch trials and the circumstances that contributed to their happening

Don't see it if Cant sit through plays that are almost 3 h; are bothered by uncomfortable seats, sight lines, room temperature, loud ambient sound

Also The performance space took a little away from my enjoyment of this pro... Read more Read less

60
Confusing, Underacted, Overacted, Loud-soft, Disappointing

See it if You love to support small, struggling theater companies

Don't see it if you want to SEE the play. With some performers shouting, others whispering, different acting styles, it's too distracting to try and watch.

86
Great writing, Entertaining, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to know more about your heritage and appreciate engaging plays.

Don't see it if you do not like Arthur Miller's plays or to climb too many stairs...


May 16th, 2019
"This often spellbinding and emotional HUNGER THEATER production showcased a surprisingly phenomenal cast of talented actors, including experienced and novice talent of all ages...An enormously entertaining and a most provocative production. What began as a mere spark in the dark concluded with a...
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