An Actress’s Review of The Crucible

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In October, Mr. Oppel announced the fall play would be The Crucible by Arthur Miller. This play is notoriously dismal and depressing, a theme made apparent by just the title. Keeping up with the tradition, the fall plays are always the most dramatic dramas, containing young girls trying to figure out themselves, an affair with a housemaid, a loud court scene full of shame and defamation, a convenient Barbadian slave with a heart of gold but an unfortunate skin tone, and hangings left and right. This fall play, however, had considerably different reviews than the other fall plays. I asked my friend Kayleigh Ford ‘17 what she thought of the play, and she responded, “The Crucible was quite poignant, emotional, and loud. I think from an audience perspective, especially, the auditorium had a palpable tension for the entire duration of the play. The plot was just really anxious and dark as well, contributing to the tenseness, but honestly I’m really looking forward to student run.”

The student run play in the winter and the fall play have very different energies and provide completely different experiences, especially because of the genre differences. The student run has always been highly anticipated because the whole play is directed, staged, acted, and designed by students. This year, senior Andie Gasparovic, has chosen The Front Page by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, a Chicago-based comedy about reporters following the happenings with the Chicago police. There are over 20 roles and big shoes left by alumni Isabel Cooke that Andie must fill.  However, there is no doubt that the student run will live up to and exceed expectations.  

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An Actress’s Review of The Crucible