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The Crucible

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Introduction

The Crucible In general, I believe that 'The Crucible' was a well-directed, well-casted and well- performed play, especially given the relatively short time in which it was prepared. It was very enjoyable to be a part of, however I have no personal experience of how entertaining to the audience it was. There were many good elements, but also a few weak points in it. Although I did not see Act 1 in any of the performances, as I was backstage, I saw it many times in the rehearsals anyway. I felt that the overall characterisation was effective; the characters all seemed to portray their roles successfully. For example, Ed (Hale) came across as a sympathetic character, who's desperation to save Proctor grows throughout acts 3 and 4. One example of this is the line 'Excellency, it is enough he confess himself. Let him sign it, let him sign it.' Ed's hurried manner of speaking made him sound desperate as Hale is supposed to be in the play. This defensive manner is consistent throughout acts 3 and 4, showing how Hale is determined to save Proctors life. ...read more.

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Personally, I believe that the cut off lines, i.e. when Elizabeth 'I have no-', could have been improved. In this line particularly, the cut-off seemed too forced, as she did not seem as if she was going to say anything else afterwards. Also, a few of the cut-off lines in other areas were forced, which stood out when the interrupter cut in late, but the original speaker did not continue the line, so they stopped as if interrupted, and were only interrupted a few seconds after they had cut off. In my opinion, these times really shattered the illusion of a real world, and were as a large buffer to the continuity to the play. Aside from the faults already mentioned, the vocal elements of the play were generally good, and the lines were all learnt; it wasn't the knowledge of the lines that messed up, only the way they came out. The physical qualities of the play seemed pretty sound to me. Most of the gestures and motions seemed good, with a few exceptions. Parris (Simon) had a habit of pacing up and down when he wasn't speaking, at times where there didn't seem any relevance to his character. ...read more.

Conclusion

There was a lot of fear around, as anyone could be accused of witchcraft, and false accusations could often lead to hanging; it was generally a case of guilty until proven innocent. The genre of the play is tragedy, as the main character dies at the end, and it is generally solemn. Miller, however, wrote it to symbolise the McCarthy Communist trials, with the witches representing communists. There were no big heath and safety issues surrounding the play. One could have been the straw in act 4; people had to run across it, and it was very slippery, so people may have slipped and damaged themselves. Also the soup in act 2 could have been a health issue, but there were no serious health and safety issues. Other than these, there were no health and safety issues In general, I think that the play was, aside from a few minor hiccups, a very successful and enjoyable play. Most aspects of it were very good, despite a few minor flaws. It was well put together and all ran pretty smoothly. Although I was not in the audience to experience it, I've seen it and acted in it so many times that I know the play well, and have spoken to people who saw it as audience. ...read more.

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