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Arthur Miller's The Crucible.
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Arthur Miller's The Crucible.

Mar 01, 2016 - Jul 17, 2016
Running time: 2:45
Walter Kerr Theatre
219 W 48th St
New York, NY 10036
By Subway: 1, C, E to 50th Street
Show Description:
Listed at TKTS:
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$42.00 - $149.00
prices subject to change
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A limited number of $35 lottery tickets are available for each performance
Audience Advisory
Age Guidance: 13
Show Notes
One Intermission


Wheelchair Info
Wheelchair seating available. Theatre is not completley wheelchair accessible. There are no steps to the designated wheelchair seating locations. Wheelchair seating is in the Orchestra only.
Orchestra on ground level. Mezzanine, balcony and restrooms reached only by stairs.
Valet parking lots: Holiday Inn Hotel on Broadway between 48th & 49th Sts.; on 48th St. west of theater. No vans.
Curb Ramps
NW corner of 48th St. & Broadway; NE corner of 48th St. & 8th Ave., and just west of entrance.
Double doors in series: 1st set (each 23", heavy) to outer lobby; 2nd set (each 26", heavy) into orchestra.
Box Office
Outer lobby. Counter 41".
Accessible restroom located House Left, under the stair well. Womens: Up nineteen steps from orchestra.Mens: Up eighteen steps from orchestra.
Water Fountain
Water available from bar.
A cellular telephone is available free of charge to patrons with disabilities.
Assisted Listening System
Reservations are not necessary. Drivers license or ID with printed address required as a deposit. Please call: (212) 582-7678 to reserve in advance.
Visual Assistance



The Devil has returned to Broadway, with the power to make the strong tremble. It is time to be afraid, very afraid, of a play that seemed perhaps merely worthy when you studied it in high school English class.The director Ivo van Hove and a dazzling international cast — led by Ben Whishaw, Sophie Okonedo, Saoirse Ronan and Ciaran Hinds — have plumbed the raw terror in Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” which opened on Thursday night at the Walter Kerr Theater. And an endlessly revived historical drama from 1953 suddenly feels like the freshest, scariest play in town.

-----New York Times
I think the mistake critics and teachers often make about The Crucible is that they read it like a novel, and sometimes it’s staged that way, all bonnets and doublets. Van Hove sweeps all that away, letting us feel more strongly the role the play’s overwhelming structural brilliance plays in locking us down. It’s not that Miller isn’t interested in characters, it’s that he sees society as a kind of Über-character, and not a very magnanimous one. (HUAC revoked his passport to attend the play’s 1954 London opening.) The result isn’t medicinal, it’s terrifying, when done right. This is the first production of The Crucible I’ve seen in which the devil, which is to say us collectively, is really given his due.

Van Hove is the master of visually arresting moments: The alarming third-act opening will have audience members clinging to their seats, eyes glued to the stage. That same act concludes with a gale force. Unfortunately, the beats between these set pieces often seem neglected. When the director does intercede, it regularly comes off as stagey, as when the advisers of the court vigorously circle Danforth, like flies on rotting fruit. This may be van Hove's way of dressing up Miller's overwrought dialogue and uneconomical plot development, which causes even the strongest mountings of this play to sag. This is the best production of The Crucible I've ever seen. It is by no means a perfect drama, but as long as a crusading morality is a part of our national character, it seems destined to continue punching audiences in the gut. 



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