Great Local Shows - Theatrical Reviews
||Falcon's Eye Theatre
|Date(s) of show
||October 25 - November 10, 2013
||For most experienced theater-goers Ė or even those
who were simply paying attention in high school English class Ė The
Crucible is familiar material. Accordingly, a new production is a
bit risky because it has to stand comparison with oneís previous
experiences of the play. I have been impressed with the quality of
acting and creativity in every Falconís Eye Theatre production Iíve
attended, and I was not disappointed in this one. In fact, it felt like
the best version of The Crucible that Iíve seen, an engaging
evening of quality drama.
My first impression was of the set, simple but not spare. It and the set
pieces that came along strengthened the sense of time and place. The
same should be said of the costumes. And there were subtle enhancements
via sound and lighting. Iíve seen offerings of The Crucible
that came up short in these areas and left too much to the imagination.
By contrast, this was a rich production.
The great excellence of this show, though, was in the acting. The
players' voices were clear and strong, and they handled the archaic
language naturally and fluidly. I thought their pacing and interactions
with each other were near perfect and transparent, and they opened up
the tremendous dramatic potential in this Tony Award-winning play.
Whatís the best thing you can say about a performance like this? It
makes you feel the passion, understand the conflicts on a gut level, and
somehow believe that whatís unfolding in front of you is real. That was
my experience. It was yet another high-quality production from Folsom
Lake Collegeís Falconís Eye Theatre.