Thespian Tuesday: Evil Flourishes in The Crucible According to The Double Negative Review, August 5, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #614)

Violet Dutchblogger (Thanks!) tweeted this great link (below) for the best overall review of The Crucible at the Old Vic Theatre in London that I have read to date:Poster--TheCrucible-andRichardArmitage-earn5Stars_Aug0514oldvicFB

In her review, Laura Brown sees the play’s lens as modern allegory that is fiercely realized by its Director Yael Farber. Ms. Brown also gives kudos to the cast and other creatives for bringing to life Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible in what she labels a definitive production.

Ms. Brown particularly singles out the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage (image right) giving a towering performance as John Proctor.

And Ms. Brown also emphasizes that Richard Armitage is surrounded by an equally stellar ensemble cast including Samantha Colley as Abigail (with Proctor below left) and Anna Madeley as Elizabeth Proctor (with Proctor below right) :

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Some might think the play is a merely cautionary tale about extra marital sex gone wrong–but could unfaithfulness ever go right?–with disastrous consequences for the whole community. But the play is much deeper and darker than that. And though the play was conceived by Arthur Miller as an allegory to 1950’s McCarthyism in the U.S., it also resonates as a cautionary tale for our modern times.

This home we call Earth is our crucible. And whenever the news proclaims the world’s resources dwindling by our own inadequate stewardship, or another war is started or resurges leaving lives and families devastated, or a child is neglected, abused or murdered, we see that our crucible is burning out of control.

But what can we do about it?  To paraphrase Edmund Burke, evil flourishes when good men/women do nothing.  By various fan and critic reviews and have read– and especially in Laura Brown’s review above–The Crucible production at The Old Vic Theatre illustrates that this statement is incomplete. Rather, evil also flourishes when good men/women forget their consciences, they forget they are a community, and they forget their evolved sense of reasonableness and the rightness of things and they actively destroy their world and the people in it, and indeed, themselves.

So if we take anything away from this production of The Crucible, it is to be proactively good, ethical, and moral as part of our community locally and globally: seeking basic human rights for all with a chance to participate in and contribute to society–each in our own unique ways–as we live our lives amongst one another.

“The Crucible TRAILER// visit” a video by The Old Vic

Chilling! Go experience The Crucible if you can. If I didn’t live 4,000 miles away, I would go in a heartbeat.

The Crucible play runs through September13th at The Old Vic Theatre in London. More info and tickets


About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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1 Response to Thespian Tuesday: Evil Flourishes in The Crucible According to The Double Negative Review, August 5, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #614)

  1. August 5, 2014–For an additional treat, here is the Violet Frameworks blogger’s own reminiscences of experiencing Richard Armitage in The Crucible:


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