Wednesday, September 30, 2015


October 10 through November 8, 2015

Bob Abelman

In 1692, the farmer Giles Corey was accused of witchcraft, arrested and subjected to a public pressing, where a board was laid across his naked body and heavy stones were placed upon it to coerce a confession. In a remarkable act of defiance, the elderly Corey demanded “more weight.”  In the making of Cleveland Play House’s powerful and thoroughly engaging production of “The Crucible,” director Laura Kepley seems to have shouted “more weight” as well.  And got it.

To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's CJN article here.

Roy Berko

THE CRUCIBLE is an important American classic which gets a fine production at CPH under the directorship of Laura Kepley.  There are important lessons to be gained from seeing this script.  It is doubtful that local audiences will get another opportunity to see a better staging.  This is a definite must be seen!!

To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.

Mark Horning

From the frenzied opening scene through the bedlam of the courtroom to its tragic ending this gripping drama will have audience members on the edge of their seats.  In the course of over two hours of fast moving stage time you will come to love some characters, totally despise others and feel pity and empathy for yet others.  This is not a show for the faint of heart.  It is an emotional roller coaster that hits on all cylinders of your emotional engine.  You will experience anger, disgust, helplessness, pity, impatience and yes, even humor as this tale of self serving deceit takes over.  This is must see dramatic theater at its best.

To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's blog.

Christine Howey

The story in The Crucible is riveting all by itself. But this production by the Cleveland Play House is literally monumental in its scope.

To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's review at  Cleveland Scene

Andrea Simakis

Every aspect of CPH production gives Miller's gutsy 'Crucible' incendiary edginess.

To see a full review of this show, read Andrea Simakis' blog or visit here.

Art Thomas
Although the production design is of this decade, the drama is likely what playwright Arthur Miller envisioned when the performers and director are at their best. The lengthy scenes of increasingly irrational fear resonate with today's audiences. 
Click here to read the complete review at WestLife