Before the film version of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder, opens on Nov. 27, citizens of Salt Lake City can catch the Pioneer Theatre Company's live version, through Nov. 16. Based on the Salem witchhunts in 1692, the play follows a group of young women living in that Puritan colony who claim "demonic possession " in an attempt to destroy a man who has had an affair with one of them. Their accusations snowball and wind up decimating the community.
Arthur Miller admittedly wrote the play 1953, in reaction to the hearings of the McCarthy Era. The emotional and psychological drama still reveals basic truths of self-knowledge, human cruelty and injustice.