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What Else Is Onstage? 'The Crucible' At CT Rep; 'Ada/Ava' at Wesleyan

What Else Is Onstage? 'The Crucible' At CT Rep; 'Ada/Ava' at Wesleyan

There are lots of reasons to revisit Arthur Miller’s retelling of the Salem Witch Trials, “The Crucible.” McCarthyism and other political witch-hunts — the metaphorical underpinning of Miller’s play — are a hot topic again. January marked the 65th anniversary of “The Crucible”’s debut. This year is also the 70th anniversary of when the Manhattan-born Miller moved to Roxbury, where he lived until his death in 2005.

The suspense in this historical drama is not supernatural — it comes from social nature. How much do we trust our neighbors? How much will we do to help them? How much do we want to see them suffer?

There’ve been several big productions of “The Crucible” in...

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