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A Review of The NEO’s the Crucible

October is the month for falling leaves, pumpkin spice, horror movies… and witches. This October, The NEO’s production of Arthur Miller’s classic, “The Crucible” will surely leave audience members hanging on the edge of their seat with chills up their spines.

A dramatized and partly fictionalized telling of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials, the play follows the story of a village when Abigail (Sarah Gyurina ’18), the minister’s niece, accuses dozens of women in the colony of witchcraft after she and her friends are found dancing and conjuring spirits with their slave, Tituba. The town erupts into a full-scale witch-hunt, complete with arrests, affairs, and even demonic possessions to raise the hairs on the audience’s back.

No doubt one of the most well known American plays, “The Crucible” poses questions about accountability in a court of law, the social hierarchy of clergy, farmers, and enslaved people during that time period. It also asks the moral question of when it is necessary to stand up for goodness, even when the world is against you.

Each character is complex and uniquely relatable; some audience members may find they identify with Mary Warren (Silvia Mayo ’19), a timid girl who struggles with social acceptance and defining herself; or John Proctor (Brendan Nelson ’17), who has erred in his ways but struggles to forgive himself; or Reverend Hale (Nate Blumenthal ’17), who realizes his poor judgment far past the time of redemption. No one character is perfect in this story; each is a human, each has done wrong in one way or another, and each only tries their best to fit the mold of society- in this case, a society marked by intense fear of the flames of hell and grinning devil below their feet.

The NEO has only a few weeks before the final production, and anxiously awaits its hungry audience. Be sure to get your tickets as soon as possible for the impressively eerie performances on October 26th– 29th.