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The Crucible (Bedlam)

From 94 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant, Great staging

About the show

Bedlam presents a new staging of Arthur Miller's classic take on the Salem witch trials. More…

From the show:

The Crucible is a 1953 play by American playwright Arthur Miller. It is a dramatized and partially fictionalized story of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony during 1692–93. Miller wrote the play as an allegory for McCarthyism, when the United States government persecuted people accused of being communists. Miller was questioned by the House of Representatives’ Committee on Un-American Activities in 1956 and convicted of contempt of Congress for refusing to identify others present at meetings he had attended.

3h 0m | Already closed | Connelly Theatre (East Village)

Member Reviews (94)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant, Great staging
82
Avg Score

79
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.

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.

Also My head says see it...my butt says pass.

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.

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.

Also Another great production from one of NY's most original, inventive the... Read more Read less

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

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.

Also I’ve seen 2 strong (& very different) productions of “The Crucible” th... Read more Read less

83
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great singing, Clever

See it if you like Miller and this play, curious about Bedlam's approach, slightly immersive version set in Colonial times, actors play multiple parts

Don't see it if you feel the play has been overdone, uncomfortable being in midst of action, don't like a slightly compact cast, expect an epic version

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.

76
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if Salem's lot is alive and kicking and landing on the L.E.S. with emphasis on the ramifications of being righteously sure, but still uncertain

Don't see it if Steps taken for audience's discomfort with monochromatics, seating, and rationale for relevance; but at some point, news fatigue settles in.

Also Your high school play is longer than you remember, but they kept the s... Read more Read less

75
Entertaining, Ambitious, Uneven tone, Too long

See it if Like Bedlam’s creative take on classic work, even if some scenes are too farcical for the material. It’s creative & mostly absorbing theater

Don't see it if Don’t like Arthur Miller, semi-immersive staging, 3 hrs, uncomf seats. It’s polished but direction/acting uneven throughout. Lots of shriek.

58
A noble attempt, Disappointing, Intense, Excruciating, Ambitious

See it if You really enjoy Bedlam and the The Crucible. You know someone in the production. You really want to see The Crucible performed.

Don't see it if At 3hrs long it was interminable. The chairs were uncomfortable, it was often difficult to hear the actors. There was a mixed bag of talent.

89
Classic re-rendering, Almost immersive, Wish all were in the same frame, Fierce conceptual work, Bedlamic

See it if 2 experience CRUCIBLE through a different lens & take alternate journey, never understood hysteria, want 2 compare/contrast now with then

Don't see it if can't withstand 3 hrs of courtroom drama, can't empathize with outsiders, can't walk in someone else's shoes, don't like "problem" plays

Also Greatest take-away from this version of CRUCIBLE is personally registe... Read more Read less

74
Relevant, Overrated, Great staging, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you love this play.I expect more interesting interpretations from Bedlam.This was very straightforward.Better than Van Hove's version.

Don't see it if you were expecting a new, updated telling of this wonderful play.The production itself felt like a high school show.Nothing compelling.

85
Quirky, Intense, Includes a deleted scene, Absorbing, Great writing

See it if As good as van Hove’s B’way version but without special effects or shirtlessness. Preserves Miller’s intent to keep the witchcraft imaginary

Don't see it if you’re more intrstd in the paranormal than in typical human wickedness, or expect Bedlam to do something conceptually radical to the play.

Also Good baseline Crucible. Some Crucibles begin w/ a bang but drop off dr... Read more Read less

81
Great writing, Riveting, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if An excellent production of a Miller play. A unique venue and staging added interest to this revival. Fully engaged for the entire 3 hours.

Don't see it if If you are more comfortable with light dramas or musicals.

70
Frenetic, "updated", Great writing, Disappointing

See it if you haven't seen Crucible before and you don't mind a version designed to attack today's Republicans and fundamentalists.

Don't see it if you saw Hunger Theater's version at Access this Spring and realize doing this show straight does not make it less relevant.

Also My initial impression of Hitler's Tasters was incorrect and changed (a... Read more Read less

95
Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like Bedlam Productions, Dont' miss this one. I LOVED IT.

Don't see it if You don't like classics done in new. creative ways,

87
Bedlam gives the classic play some artful twists

See it if You like classic plays and don't mind if they're given an unconventional treatment.

Don't see it if You can't sit or pay attention for a long play (almost three hours); you've already seen enough productions of The Crucible to last you.

Also This was my first exposure to The Crucible, so I can't compare it to o... Read more Read less

71
Profound, Fluffy, Disappointing, Absorbing, Great writing

See it if It's one of the greatest plays of all time and eternally relevant. So if you haven't seen it, see it. But this production isn't great.

Don't see it if You've seen good productions of The Crucible. The direction is weird, they try too hard to make it funny (is it supposed to be funny?). Ick.

84
Absorbing, Epic, Relevant, Riveting

See it if Immersive and fast-paced, you are quickly surrounded by puritanical America in all its severity and harshness.

Don't see it if Attendees are forced to sit in uncomfortable wooden chairs and harsh lighting sets the scenes, which is gripping but physically excruciating

Also Excellent acting all around-- very clever use of stage and sets​ and t... Read more Read less

94
Resonant, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Great, all-around immersive production. Listen to the words.

Don't see it if Frenetic and long.

80
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You love Miller’s plays. Not the best rendition I’ve seen, but an ambitious effort.

Don't see it if You are not a Miller fan & don’t like long shows on uncomfortable seats.

67
Disappointing

See it if I love the Crucible and I love Bedlam so what could go wrong? Oh, right, Bedlam doing the Crucible. Just not a good fit in my opinion.

Don't see it if Some light comedy in Salem? and some odd directing/acting choices just took away from the impact of the play for me. Seriocomedy not working

84
Innovative, Chilling

See it if you like The Crucible and enjoy a happy medium between fresh and traditional.

Don't see it if you can’t sit through a three hour play.

Also I love the aesthetic of the on stage chairs (which I was so privileged... Read more Read less

89
Great writing, Masterful, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if there's a bit of Bedlam's zaniness but it's also deadly serious. The play is brilliant & the actors' investment in their characters results

Don't see it if this is heavy duty poetry and deep allegory. There is humor but it's not a light diversion - Miller is a genius but he's not fun.

Also in a profoundly moving experience. The real witchery is onstage.


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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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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November 22nd, 2019
"The Understated Charms of 'The Underlying Chris,' and a 'High-Decibel Crucible'"
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November 21st, 2019
"Fit for Our Times: Eric Tucker’s staging, suited for the #MeToo moment, has opened off Broadway."
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