THE CRUCIBLE: A BRILLIANT WEB OF LIES AND DECEIT

THE CRUCIBLE: A BRILLIANT WEB OF LIES AND DECEIT

 

Stage Two Productions, The University of Auckland’s one and only drama club, is back with a bang bringing to the stage the 1952 Arthur Miller classic, The Crucible.


Luke Thornborough does an excellent job at directing a stellar ensemble cast of twenty-one in this dark play set in 1692 Salem.



When the local minister stumbles upon a group of girls engaging in what he hastily assumes to be a satanic ritual of some sort (what’s worse this involved his own daughter).


This sets in motion a community-wide panic, which soon escalates to hysteria.


What unravels is the power of the community voice and the impact group mentality has in affecting public opinion and in the case of The Crucible, justice.



Amidst all the chaos, John Proctor, a local farmhand, finds himself in a complicated position where he could either restore order to the village at great personal cost or fight for the truth.


The latter unfortunately has become buried under a web of lies and deceit. This moral dilemma is a central theme that plagues Proctor and many of the community throughout the story.



I was incredibly impressed by the performances of the cast; each actor really embraced and embodied the character they had been given with much emotion and conviction.


The staging was also very well executed; the actors were cleverly positioned to make use of every nook and cranny of the limited space, including off-stage. I also thought the singing in between scenes was hauntingly beautiful and a nice touch.



The standout performance for me has to be Taofia Pelesasa, she played the play’s protagonist – definitely one to watch out for!


Proctor’s significant other is also perfectly cast; she is played effortlessly by Rachael Longshaw-Park.


Other worthy mentions are Nick MacDuff who provided great subtle comedy to Reverend Parris and Amanda Leo was an absolute star as Tituba, skilfully commanding the laughs, and stage, with ease.



The Crucible is definitely not for the faint of heart as it is intense, shocking and seeks to challenge your moral compass.


There were a few hiccups along the way which is to be expected on the first night – swallowed dialogue, tripping over words and noisy movements across the stage that were a bit distracting – but overall a very polished and engaging stage production.


Welcome back, Stage Two Productions, I look forward to more!



By Faith-Ashleigh Wong



The Crucible is showing at the Musgrove Studio between 29th May – 2nd June.

 

 


 

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