The Crucible (Bedlam)
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The Crucible (Bedlam)
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The Crucible (Bedlam) NYC Reviews and Tickets

83%
(95 Reviews)
Positive
89%
Mixed
10%
Negative
1%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Ambitious, Relevant

About the Show

Bedlam presents their take on Arthur Miller's classic drama about the Salem witch trials.

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Member Reviews (95)

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962 Reviews | 338 Followers
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Uneven directing, Uneven acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you're a Miller fan. Script is superb (altho needs cuts). Acting is mostly strg. Many gd directorial choices, but not all. Women very strong

Don't see it if you want even tone. Overture is stylized/absurdist. Bright lights in eyes. Some bad sightlines. Pathos of end diminished.Immersive staging.

897 Reviews | 374 Followers
81
Great acting, Great writing, Quirky, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You want to experience a somewhat new somewhat immersive take on this classic play. Mostly excellent performances. Very timely.

Don't see it if You can’t take sitting in really uncomfortable seats for 3+ hours or if you’re a purist. Some of the directorial choices just don’t work. Read more

878 Reviews | 218 Followers
77
Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Great acting and staging . Arthur Miller's classic done a new way. About the witch hunt in Salem Mass. Kinda like the one in Washington DC.

Don't see it if Don't know why it was not performed on Connelly stage . Chairs uncomfortable for 3 hours.

706 Reviews | 200 Followers
72
Dizzying, Ambitious, Quirky, Relevant, Clever

See it if you would enjoy a different staging of this Arthur Miller classic.

Don't see it if you want an even production - some acting and humor grated on me, actors spread out & talking with backs to me made for missed dialogue. Read more

713 Reviews | 119 Followers
89
Resonant, Intense, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if your are ready to feel chills as Bedlam's extreme physicality enriches the brilliant script. Exciting drama!

Don't see it if you want something light and cheery. This is serious drama taken to an extreme.

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
88
Relevant, Quirky, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if u want to see a creative, accessible revival of MIller's indictment of McCarthyism that's almost tailor-made for our conspiracy theory era.

Don't see it if u don't like your American classics deconstructed; you expect something truly radical from this oft-iconoclastic theater company. Read more

687 Reviews | 113 Followers
82
Thought-provoking, Edgy, Great staging, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if Bedlam's kinetic, whip-lashing staging of Miller's forever timely allegory truly captures the hysteria of the period w/o subverting the text

Don't see it if Despite 3 hr length, the pace is unrelentingly feverish & jarring (esp in courtroom scenes) Anchored by fine work from Quinn & Millonzi

668 Reviews | 156 Followers
86
Fine lead performances, Beautifully constructed, Compelling, Long

See it if you’d like to see a clear (if quirky) production of an American master’s most beautifully constructed play.

Don't see it if you want your Arthur Miller straight: This one plays in a few different registers. Read more

Critic Reviews (10)

The New York Times
November 25th, 2019

CRITIC’S PICK "A ‘Crucible’ for the Modern Mob: Eric Tucker updates the allegorical play about the Salem witch trials, directly implicating the audience in its examination of mass hysteria."
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Time Out New York
November 21st, 2019

4/5 Stars "Bedlam's characteristically smart, stripped-down production pulses with an electric current and lays bare the play's bitter truths. It is as gripping and revelatory a Miller production as New York has seen in years, and a bracing reminder of what a real witch hunt looks like."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
November 22nd, 2019

"The Understated Charms of 'The Underlying Chris,' and a 'High-Decibel Crucible'"
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The Wall Street Journal
November 21st, 2019

"Fit for Our Times: Eric Tucker’s staging, suited for the #MeToo moment, has opened off Broadway."
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Theatermania
November 21st, 2019

"'The Crucible' Conjures the Moral Panic That Fuses American Generations Together: Bedlam revives Arthur Miller's 1953 play about the Salem witch trials."
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Lighting & Sound America
November 21st, 2019

"Eighty percent of Bedlam's new production of 'The Crucible' (staged in association with The Nora Theatre Company) is so thunderously good that you're likely to forgive the haywire twenty percent."
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New York Stage Review
November 21st, 2019

4/5 Stars "In Bedlam's exciting and extremely fluid staging, the 14-member ensemble delivers a blazing performance in dark, relatively intimate, 99-seat circumstances."
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TheaterScene.net
November 25th, 2019

"In the past, the play was seen as a cautionary tale about the McCarthy Era witch hunt...Now in 2019 it becomes a story of truth and lies, fiction and fact. One of the judges refers to the situation in Salem as "this swamp." In the age of Trump, Miller's play has new meaning for our time."
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