Modern Message in Miller Classic. 'The Crucible' by Arthur Miller. State Theatre Company of South Australia [review]
Bramwell, Murray Ross
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When, a year ago, Rosalba Clemente listed Arthur Miller’s The Crucible for inclusion in the 2003 State Theatre Company season, she cannot have imagined it would speak so vividly in such difficult times as these. Miller’s play, written in 1952, uses the analogy of the Salem Witch trials of 1692 to describe the accelerating paranoia of the McCarthy hearings which dragged so many Americans, including Miller himself, into a frenzy of de-nunciation and confession. The fear, then, was of communist conspiracy and the accusation that it was Un-American. But the play is not confined to its initial pretext. It has been widely performed over fifty years because, unfortunately, its truth just keeps marching on.