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Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’ is relevant — again

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Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” is staged over and over and over whenever history repeats itself, yet the play always seems fresh.

Miller wrote the show at a particularly dark time for civil liberties — the McCarthy hearings during the 1950s — but set the play during the Salem Witch Trials in the 1600s.

The latest production by Brave New World Repertory Theatre, through March 14 at the Old Stone House, was inspired by the War on Terror, said Artistic Director Claire Beckman.

“Some compromises we’ve made with civil liberties have made the show relevant again,” Beckman said. “The ‘War on Terror’ has targeted innocent people.”

Civil liberties provided Beckman’s theme, but the Old Stone House provides a perfect setting. The dark, colonial-era home handily recreates the dank world of Puritan New England.

“The Crucible” at the Old Stone House [336 Third St. at Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, (718) 768-3195], March 4-14, 8 pm. Tickets are $18.

Updated 5:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Harmony from Park Slope says:
It's about time, until the old stone house did a re-make of this play it was totally not relevant.
March 5, 2010, 8:42 am
Janice Lolly from Gowanas says:
Hello Harmony, but this play has been highlighting lesbian oppresion at the hands of so called mainstream brooklyn society for at lest 25 years. Relevant - so much!
March 5, 2010, 8:35 pm

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