Certain times call for certain playwrights.
And local artistic directors preoccupied with the uncertainties of the current political moment have been reaching back, with increasing desperation, to the work of Arthur Miller.
The Kavinoky Theatre, which produced Robert Waterhouse's stripped-down version of Miller's "A View from the Bridge" last season, is opening "The Crucible" on Nov. 3. It hardly takes a degree in dramaturgy to grasp the political parallels audiences are meant to reflect on, given the play's critique of McCarthyism via the story of the Salem witch trials of 1692 and 1693.
The show was first produced in the midst of Sen. Joseph McCarthy's crusade against perceived communist threats, opening on Broadway in 1953.
Waterhouse again directs this Miller classic, which appears on many high school and college curricula, with a multimedia project design by Brian Milbrand. His designs, according to a release, are meant to "reimagine this terrifying parable of morality and intolerance" in a new medium.
The large cast features Buffalo theater veterans John Fredo, Peter Palmissano, David Lundy and Gerry Maher along with a host of relative newcomers.
"The Crucible": Nov. 3 through Nov. 26 in the Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave. Tickets are $38 to $42. Call 829-7668 or visit kavinokytheatre.com.