How Did Critics React to Ivo van Hove's Take on The Crucible?

The Verdict   Critics Review Broadway Revival of The Crucible
 
Reviews are in for director Ivo van Hove's contemporary retelling of the Arthur Miller dramatization the Salem witch trials.
Elizabeth Teeter, Saoirse Ronan, and Tavi Gevinson
Elizabeth Teeter, Saoirse Ronan, and Tavi Gevinson Jan Versweyveld

The Crucible, Arthur Miller’s Tony-winning 1953 dramatization of the real-life Salem, MA witch trials, opened on Broadway March 31.

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Belgian director Ivo van Hove helms the production that began previews March 1 at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Performances are scheduled to continue through July 17.

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Miller’s play, which has been perceived as an indictment of the political paranoia that defined the McCarthy-era’s anti-communist “witch hunts” that cost many their livelihoods, won the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play. This production marks the play’s fifth Broadway revival.

Two-time Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn) plays Abigail Williams, with Ben Wishaw (The Hour) as John Proctor, Tony winner Sophie Okonedo (A Raisin in the Sun) as Elizabeth Proctor and Ciaran Hinds (Game of Thrones, The Seafarer) as Deputy Governor Danforth. The principal cast also features Bill Camp (as Reverend John Hale), Jim Norton (as Giles Corey), Tavi Gevinson (as Mary Warren) and Jason Butler Harner (as Reverend Parris).

The Crucible has original music by composer Philip Glass.

The production has scenic and lighting design by longtime van Hove collaborator Jan Versweyveld and costume design by Wojciech Dziedzic. The casting directors are Heidi Griffiths and Zoe Rotter.

Tickets can be ordered from Ticketmaster at (212) 307-4100 or by visiting Ticketmaster.com.

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