Christopher Evan Welch and Laura Linney, who play the villianous Reverend Parris and the virtuous Elizabeth Proctor, hang out (er..so to speak) at the March 7 opening night party for The Crucible. Also enemies on stage are Brian Murray and Helen Stenborg - he plays Judge Danforth, while she is Rebecca Nurse, an elderly woman accussed of witchcraft.
The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller in reaction to the McCarthy witch hunts of the 1950s and based in part on historical fact, tells of leaders in puritannical Salem overreacting to a rash of phony witchcraft in its young women. Liam Neeson stars as John Proctor with Laura Linney as his cold, but strong wife Elizabeth. The Crucible plays through June 8 at the Virginia Theatre.