See it if you like a different version of The Crucible. This play involves a few of the girls both before and after the trial. Good acting,
Don't see it if you like beautiful sets and lots of action. Read more
See it if curious about the girls of Salem when they met John Proctor, long 4 a deeply atmospheric staging at times in almost total darkness, symbolic
Don't see it if Hate discussions of "blood & gunk", adults playing children, U would never go into the woods, need bright lighting 4 U 2 discern what U C Read more
See it if the idea is terrific but this play at 100 minutes is way too long for what it has to say. The acting and staging are quite good .
Don't see it if you know nothing about the Salem witch trials. You will get lost.
See it if you like off-beat plays in a raw space that reworks classics with the kinetic energy of the Bedlam theater co. All female cast.
Don't see it if you aren't into The Crucible, Salem witch trials, themes of patriarchy, misogyny and evangelism and all that fun stuff.
See it if Great staging and writing by Bedlam regarding a prequel to the Crucible. As usual for Bedlam an offbeat take on a classic but hits the mark
Don't see it if The dark stage is very atmospheric but may not be acceptable to many. Read more
See it if You would enjoy an interesting prequel to Crucible This could have been a great play if the ending had been changed or actually left out.
Don't see it if Ending detracted from the very good rest of the show
See it if Wonderful staging and performances, and some excellent writing from Monahan. A vivid, funny, off-kilter deconstruction of The Crucible.
Don't see it if Though early in previews, I felt the play lose steam and focus in the last 15 or so minutes. I loved the clash of modern and Read more
See it if You are interested in a new take on the characters of the Salem witch trials and enjoy slightly spooky, pared down, theater.
Don't see it if You don't enjoy plays about historical events or like your shows to have a lot of plot, this is a little ponderous, a little quiet.
"The play is most engaging and provocative when at its most original — mining its characters’ messy, developing psyches, with contemporary and sometimes profane language, rather than placing them within existing narratives."
“ ‘The Good John Proctor’ is the kind of unabashedly anachronistic historical play that features characters greeting each other with slang like "Hey bitches" and using modern profanities in everyday speech.”
“The problem with ’The Good John Proctor’– excellent as the acting is, and as is Caitlin Sullivan’s direction – gathers while playwright Monahan keeps piling the scenes one on top of the other. Too soon spectators see exactly where she’s going.”
Unfortunately, Monahon’s play which takes its cues from Miller’s drama, assumes a thorough knowledge of "The Crucible" and leaves out a great deal of information that would make it easier to follow. For example, John Proctor’s name is never uttered by the girls even after Abigail goes to work for him and his wife in the play. Caitlin Sullivan’s direction is too tame by far so that the play is not very dramatic. The most exciting event, the trial itself, is left as an afterthought and narrated years later by one of the girls after her death.
"The play talks very little of the women who died at Salem, but we see by the end that the damage also cuts deep into those who lived. "