Tuesday, September 9, 2014

REVIEW: Classic, Commie-hunt Commentary "The Crucible" from Bag & Baggage

Salem, Massachusetts—1692?

Bag & Baggage announces their newest production opening just after Labor Day weekend.

Rigid piety huddles on the edge of the new world’s wilderness in the Arthur Miller classic drama "The Crucible."

A small town's inhabitants believe unquestioningly in their own sanctity, but in the playwright’s edgy masterpiece, that very belief will have poisonous consequences when a vengeful teenager accuses a rival of witchcraft—and then those accusations multiply to consume the entire village.

Photo, provided, by Casey Campbell Photography with Hanna Rose Brumley,
Melory J Mirashrafi and Maddie Ogden.

The play was first produced in 1953, at a time when America was convulsed by a new epidemic of "witchhunting," "The Crucible" brilliantly explores the threshold between individual guilt and mass hysteria, personal spite and collective evil…and speaks as clearly to us today as it did during McCarthy’s Red Scare.

"The Crucible" is a play that is not only relentlessly suspenseful and vastly moving, but one that compels us all to question our hearts and consciences in ways that only the greatest theatre ever can. A not-to-be-missed, Bag&Baggage style examination of one of the greatest plays in American history.

“A drama of emotional power and impact” —New York Post

The production has a large cast and features familiar Bag & Baggage players as well as new faces. It should be interesting to see what artistic director Scott Palmer does with this allegorical commentary. When will it be set? What relevance for today will be emphasized?

Runs: September 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, and 28 – 2014
Preview Night: Thursday, September 4, 2014
Opening Night: Friday, September 5, 2014

At the last minute we were unable to review this show, however here is a great review by Dennis Sparks.

Event Time: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sunday matinees at 2:00pm
Event Location: The Venetian Theatre, 253 E Main Street, Hillsboro 97123
Special Events: Meet-the-cast Talk Backs on Sunday September 7, 14 and 21

Adults – Section 1: $30
Adults- Section 2: $26
Students/Seniors – Section 1: $24
Students/Seniors – Section 2: $20

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