At once an allegory of the 1950s' anti-communist witch hunts and a spotlight on seventeenth-century witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts, this play shows how ignorance and good intentions can interweave to destroy lives. The star-studded cast ratchets the tension to a disturbing level as the town disintegrates. The young girls playing at witchcraft shriek in irregular counterpoint to the quiet, terrifying judgments rendered by Reverend Harris (Michael York), and doubt is ever more audible in the voice of Reverend Hale (Richard Dreyfuss). Most moving is Stacy Keach as John Proctor, who fights to salvage some good from the trials that destroy Salem. G.T.B. 2002 Audie Finalist © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine [Published: JUN/JUL 02]
Library Ed. L.A. Theatre Works 2001
CS ISBN $22.95 Two cassettes
CD ISBN $24.95 Two CDs
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