Thursday, September 20, 2007

20 years later

From Richard Christiansen's book A Theater of Our Own, on Steppenwolf Theatre:

"In those early years, they kept close to the gritty, edgy, contemporary works that made their reputation. When Austin Pendleton, the New York-based actor-director who joined the Steppenwolf ensemble in 1987, urged the company to tackle The Crucible, Arthur Miller's drama set in a Puritan community of seventeenth-century New England, [Gary] Sinise dutifully read the play but reported back, "I just can't see us doing a play where people are called 'Goodie' and wear buckles on their shoes."
The Crucible is now playing at Steppenwolf.