Theatre Mirror Reviews - "The Crucible"

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"The Crucible"

by Arthur Miller
Directed by Sam Graham-Felsen
Assistant Director Zoe Malliaros
Drama Coach Chloe Keller

Sets by Doug Le, Jacqueline Gallagher, Emma Bayer, Tristram Dammin, Hajarah Abdussabur
Lights by Adam Finelli, Joey Webb, Adriana Malliaros, Mandy Kessler
Costumes by Myra Levy, Juliana Brody-Falkin, Cardine Gaudet
Sound by Kara Ryan, Amanda Martin
Props by Rebecca Tumposky, Rebecca Pepp, Lauren Hughes
Stage Manager Kaitlyn Jolly
Assistant Stage Managers Tom O'Malley & Rhys Dudeney
Crew Becca Bor, Caitlin Sullivan, Rachel Holland-Burkhardt

Betty Parris..............................Lydia Dowling
Reverend Samuel Parris.................Jon Gass Jr.
Tituba...........................................Alfa Tiruneh
Abigail Williams...............................Julia Jones
Susanna Wallcott...........................Allison Jolly
Mrs. Ann Putnam..............................Olivia Liff
Thomas Putnam....................Tommy O'Malley
Mercy Lewis................................Drew Bucilla
Mary Warren..............................Ann Fountain
John Proctor...............................Max Shulman
Rebecca Nurse...........................Rose Costello
Giles Corey...................................Jonah Birch
Reverend John Hale........................Jacob Bor
Elizabeth Proctor............................Ingrid Liff
Francis Nurse.............................Dan Gelbtuch
Ezekial Cheever.................................Joe Jolly
John Willard................................Mike Pastore
Judge Hathorne.........................Marcus Stacey
Deputy-Governor Danforth..........Dan Salsburg
Sarah Good.................................Beth Scagnoli


The real triumph of this student production of a serious play was the intent silence of the over a hundred people in the audience whose attention remained focused entirely upon the play throughout. The energy, the focus, the concentration, the characterizations in this huge cast never flagged for an instant, and the spectators were with them every step of the way. They ceased to be high-school kids the moment the action began, and the audience took them for what they said they were: Salem citizens with a serious, deadly serious problem.

As a long list of backstage people who were called onstage for bows attested, no play is ever the work of a single individual. Besides the solid cast, however, certainly Sam Graham-Felsen the director deserves special credit because he is not a faculty member, which is usual for such school productions, but a Boston Latin School student like his cast. Even during the after-curtain ceremonies, his command of the show was obvious.

The show was handled with minimal props and sets, concentrating attention on the people and on their words, which were clearly understood by everyone in the room, off stage and on. This is not always true of school plays and must be commended. Also, it is rare for student actors to retain both character and attention when they have no lines and are not the center of the action, but that was true everywhere in this production.

I thank the company for inviting me, and wish them well in future endeavors. I always enjoy good theater, wherever I find it.

Love,
===Anon.


"The Crucible" (till 23 May)
BOSTON LATIN CENTER STAGE PRODUCTIONS
Tower Auditorium, Massachusetts College of Art, Huntington Avenue, BOSTON
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