We are in Salem and it is 1692. Miller takes his cue from the most famous witch trial in the world for a veiled invective against the republican Joseph Mccarthy and his anti-communism. Red fear is a fear of witches, of what we cannot see, which could surprise us at any moment and lead us away from the right path. The facts are those described historically: a group of girls begins to assume strange behaviors, episodes occur that are inflated, unjustifiable illnesses in any other way except with the presence of the Evil One and other demonic subjects. The girls accuse as they are questioned.
And every charge is an arrest warrant that can lead to death in a short time. In a short time 200 people accused of witchcraft, 144 arrested, almost the whole country, and interrogated and tortured. Someone even confesses to save their life, and to name other names. 19 executed by hanging. These are the numbers of the Salem trial. Miller involves us in four scenes.
Pain, ignorance, resentment, fear, honor, respect, shame and terror. They are the ingredients of this drama. A man who in order to save his life is forced to cancel his name and lie. Too much. The eternal struggle between good and evil is exasperated here when one becomes the other.
Rating: 4 out of 5 poppets