The Crucible, originally titled The Chronicles of Sarah Good, is a 1953 play written by Arthur Miller. The Damon Theatre brings back this controversial fifties script to their stage not only to scare, but also to amuse viewers both young and old alike. Despite a set that is clearly low budget, a devoted cast keeps the production constantly entertaining.
Although I’m more of a romantic, musical kind of person, I found myself drawn into this somewhat horrifying script about the 1692 Salem Witch trials. There are people accusing others of being witches as well as death, affairs, and frankly, more drama in the Damon Runyon production of the Crucible than in three seasons of The Young and The Restless.
Clever lighting helps set a tense and serious mood among the stage. There are faults in the acting, but they are easily overcome by strong leading performances from promising young men and women, who play the parts of the Reverend, Betty Parris, and Abigail Williams. Sure, they may not be Oscar worthy, but they are worth a reasonably priced ticket to attend and support a local community theatre.