“The Crucible” On Broadway, A Review

by Kelly Monaghan

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One sure hallmark of a classic is its ability to speak to succeeding generations. By that measure, Arthur Miller’s searing parable of intolerance, vengeance, and mass hysteria, “The Crucible,” is destined to resonate for centuries to come. Certainly, there are moments in the play that hit today’s Broadway audience with the force of a breaking news bulletin. And this is an age in which Miller’s sobering tale needs retelling.
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‘Amadeus’ On Broadway, A Review

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Peter Shaffer’s “Amadeus,” one of the longest running dramas to ever grace the Broadway stage, is back. But is it better than ever?

The play, as you may recall, is the story of the jealousy Antonio Salieri, the most renowned composer of his age, felt toward that young upstart Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whose true genius only Salieri (in Shaffer’s vision) could appreciate. In the end, Salieri became so obsessed with Mozart’s superior artistry that on his death bed he babbled incoherently that he had murdered Mozart more than thirty years earlier. He was mad, of course. Or was he? This is the historical mystery that Shaffer presumes to unravel in his imaginative retelling of the tale. Along the way he engages in a fascinating meditation on the urge to excellence and fame that many of us feel and the mediocrity to which most people — present company excepted, of course — are condemned.

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