|John Proctor (Derek Dirlam) gets up close and personal|
with chief accuser Abigail (Rachel Linder, photo by Will Hanson)
|never underestimate the power of teenage girls|
(photo by Will Hanson)
|the Governor (Alexsander Sievert) forces Mrs. Proctor|
(Penelope Parsons-Lord) to speak (photo by Will Hanson)
As I was leaving the theater, I heard someone say, "OK I've reached my limit, I don't ever need to see The Crucible again." I understand the sentiment; it's a heavy piece that explores serious issues we're still dealing with today. That makes watching it a little uncomfortable. But it's not a bad thing to be reminded of a failure of justice, and the dangers of religious fanaticism. The Crucible is a classic for a reason, a well-constructed historical play that's unfortunately always timely. It's a big challenge, and this new company is up to it. I look forward to seeing more from Hang Fire Productions.
*As you prepare to make your way to the Mounds Theatre, note that there is construction and road closures around the theater, and your Google maps might take you in the wrong direction, as mine did. Allow plenty of time and follow the detours.