Few plays wrack us with the gale-force winds of human conviction quite like Arthur Miller's "The Crucible." None reach the fever pitch of opposing sides in a debate with so much tension, resolved in aching poignancy toward the end.
But Miller does all this, and more, in what's arguably a better play than his more famous "Death of a Salesman." Where that play insisted "Attention must be paid to such a person!" this one shows, even beyond Shakespeare, all that's contained in a name.
Grand Theatre's production, which opened March 7 with a presentation from Joseph McCarthy scholar David Oshinksy, promises to draw a straight line from the play's origins in Miller's own 1956 testimony before House of Representatives' Committee on Un-American Activities, right on up to the political divisions of our current time.