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By Mike Pride and Mike Pride,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 24, 2003
The Bloody Crucible of Courage: Fighting Methods and Combat Experience of the Civil War, by Brent Nosworthy. Carroll & Graf Publishers. 754 pages. $35. For anyone wishing to understand the experience of the Civil War soldier, Bell Irwin Wiley's The Life of Billy Yank and The Life of Johnny Reb remain the essential texts. Wiley read through thousands of letters from soldiers, organized his material logically, stayed focused and wrote lively prose. More than half a century later, his work is still fresh on the page.
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By Mary Johnson, Special to The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2010
Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," which is based on events of the 1692 Salem witch trials, will close Dignity Players' sixth season. Director Mickey Lund is leading the troupe's largest cast ever assembled in the play, which is often ranked among the top 20 American plays. The production will close DP's 2010 theme of "Crisis of Faith. " At a recent rehearsal, Lund was coping with the logistics of a large ensemble, and working to make Miller's drama "more accessible. " He planned to modernize the dialogue and eliminate accents to bring the work alive.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,Special to The Sun | February 22, 1995
"Free at Last: Images of Emancipation" is an hour-long piece of reader's theater that makes use of some of the most passionate letters ever written by Americans.Composed in the crucible of fratricidal conflict and wrenching social change, the words are stirring reminders of the extraordinary process by which a war for national preservation became history's bloodiest referendum on the issue of involuntary servitude."Free at Last," a production of the Columbia Festival of the Arts, was presented at the Pascal Theater on the Anne Arundel Community College campus Monday afternoon in commemoration of Black History Month.
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February 5, 2009
(nee Billick) 76, formerly of S. Lake Street, Hamburg, at peace February 2, 2009, Baltimore, MD; predeceased by Howard L., husband of 41 years, and by parents Paul and Helen (nee Voss) Billick of Crucible, PA. Dearly loved mother of M'Liss Dzubella, Martin (Bobbi), Mercedes (Tom), and Howard Jr. (Laura); also survived by nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, sister Pauline Carmen; brother Paul (Josephine) and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, NY. Remembrances can be made to a local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.
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By Winifred Walsh and Winifred Walsh,Evening Sun Staff | October 25, 1990
An impressive rendition of "The Crucible," Arthur Miller's explosive denunciation of the Salem witch hunts of 1692, is being staged by students of the St. Mary's College theater department (St. Mary's City) through Sunday.Director Michael Tolaydo has imbued his version with a riveting emotional power that keeps the audience on edge and arouses strong feelings of indignation, revulsion and horror.Mass hysteria and guilt by association is the name of this political game as a group of incensed teen-age girls (under the influence of a superstitious West Indian servant)
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By Lourdes Sullivan and Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 3, 1995
HAMMOND HIGH drama teacher Mary Jane Sasser and her talented students are putting on "The Crucible" as their fall production.It promises to be a moving production. The play is a wrenching examination of the Salem witch trials of the 1600s. Those lucky enough to get the coveted on-stage seating will feel as if they are there in Salem.The students are down to the final week before the performance. While the technical crew and the actors put the final polish on their performances, it's a good time to note that without the efforts of the large and varied crews, this and other plays would not be as compelling or successful.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | November 22, 2000
Director Vincent Lancisi begins Everyman Theatre's production of "The Crucible" with an unscripted scene that sets the rest of the events in Arthur Miller's cautionary play in motion. At the back of designer Daniel Conway's abstract set, a small knot of young women, austerely dressed, appears - like nuns in a cloister. Then suddenly the girls are seized with a joyous, unbridled spirit that sends them dancing and shrieking with abandon. "The Crucible" is a play about fervor run amok. It's about a society whose passions are locked down so tightly that once released, they quickly spiral out of control.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | January 5, 1999
If the Baltimore Symphony's concerts Thursday, Friday and Saturday, featuring violinist Elmar Oliveira and guest conductor George Pehlivanian, do not completely sate listeners' hunger for classical music this week, Washington looks like a most attractive destination.The Washington Opera's recently opened production of Mozart's "The Abduction from the Seraglio" happens to be a dud -- and it's sold out anyway. But plenty of seats are available for the company's other current production -- Robert Ward's 1962 Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Crucible" -- and the word of mouth about it is that it's terrific.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,SUN FILM CRITIC | December 20, 1996
Hell, it is said, hath no fury like a woman scorned, but that statement has a corollary that bears repeating: Movies about scorned women are really cool.Why, then, one wonders, does "The Crucible" lose interest in its second half with Winona Ryder's crazed and evil yet astute Abigail Williams, who is driving it ahead like an evangelical in full froth? The story at the halfway point exiles her to its environs, and seldom again do we feel the lash of her dementia, the whip of her wit, the focus of her anger and crucifying will.
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May 10, 1994
POLICE LOG* Harpers Mill: Someone stole an amplifier and a speaker worth a total of $220 Sunday morning from a car parked in the 600 block of Crucible Court.
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By David Wood and David Wood,david.wood@baltsun.com | December 22, 2008
WASHINGTON - With the expected selection of retired Adm. Dennis Blair to be the nation's senior intelligence officer, President-elect Barack Obama has put a spotlight on the Naval Academy's Class of 1968, which would fill three of the most influential national security positions. Blair would serve with 1968 classmate Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the president's top military adviser, and with Sen. Jim Webb, a Virginia Democrat who wields key influence on the Senate Foreign Relations, Armed Services and joint economic committees.
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November 2, 2008
Wilde Lake High School Theatre Arts will present Arthur Miller's play about the Salem witch trials, The Crucible, at 7 p.m. Nov. 20, 21 and 22 in the Jim Rouse Theatre at the school, 5460 Trumpeter Road. The play is part of the 11th-grade curriculum in Howard County schools. Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Information: 410-313-6965, or e-mail abbyfutter@comcast.net. Concert at Oakland The Oakland Nights Music Series, an informal concert series with dessert and coffee sponsored by the Town Center Community Association, will present a performance by Eileen Bernstein from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday in the ballroom at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road.
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July 2, 2006
The Breaking Point: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and the Murder of Jose Robles Stephen Koch Counterpoint Press / 308 pages / $15.95 Koch proposes that the Spanish Civil War was a crucible for Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos, both in terms of their friendship and their literary fortunes. "It is a story steeped in intrigue, duplicity and nefarious figures, all told with a cynicism well matched to the age," we said in our review.
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By Mike Pride and Mike Pride,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 24, 2003
The Bloody Crucible of Courage: Fighting Methods and Combat Experience of the Civil War, by Brent Nosworthy. Carroll & Graf Publishers. 754 pages. $35. For anyone wishing to understand the experience of the Civil War soldier, Bell Irwin Wiley's The Life of Billy Yank and The Life of Johnny Reb remain the essential texts. Wiley read through thousands of letters from soldiers, organized his material logically, stayed focused and wrote lively prose. More than half a century later, his work is still fresh on the page.
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By Michael Slackman and Michael Slackman,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 3, 2003
BANI SAD, Yemen - Most of the news the West gets from Yemen is about terror. Missionaries gunned down. Politicians assassinated. Clerics accused of supporting Osama bin Laden. There is another form of terror - it comes from poverty - and for Yemenis like Mohammed Saeed, that is no news at all. To visit Saeed requires a bone-crunching car ride along a dried-up riverbed strewn with rocks and boulders. It's slow going, bouncing, sliding on the silver gray rocks, up and over an embankment and finally into Al Hagri, a village of stone huts and dirt paths that has not changed much in centuries.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | January 26, 2003
BRONX, N.Y. -- Kevin P. Clark drove through his old haunts yesterday, where he spent four years as commander in two of the most violent and crime-infested police precincts in New York City. As he cruised through the Bronx in a Mercury SUV, Baltimore's new police commissioner combed the streets for criminals until he spotted a known drug dealer in a thick puffy jacket and a baseball cap standing alone on the sidewalk. Clark asked the man to come to his side of the street; the dealer refused.
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July 2, 2006
The Breaking Point: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and the Murder of Jose Robles Stephen Koch Counterpoint Press / 308 pages / $15.95 Koch proposes that the Spanish Civil War was a crucible for Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos, both in terms of their friendship and their literary fortunes. "It is a story steeped in intrigue, duplicity and nefarious figures, all told with a cynicism well matched to the age," we said in our review.
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February 5, 2009
(nee Billick) 76, formerly of S. Lake Street, Hamburg, at peace February 2, 2009, Baltimore, MD; predeceased by Howard L., husband of 41 years, and by parents Paul and Helen (nee Voss) Billick of Crucible, PA. Dearly loved mother of M'Liss Dzubella, Martin (Bobbi), Mercedes (Tom), and Howard Jr. (Laura); also survived by nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, sister Pauline Carmen; brother Paul (Josephine) and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, NY. Remembrances can be made to a local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | November 22, 2000
Director Vincent Lancisi begins Everyman Theatre's production of "The Crucible" with an unscripted scene that sets the rest of the events in Arthur Miller's cautionary play in motion. At the back of designer Daniel Conway's abstract set, a small knot of young women, austerely dressed, appears - like nuns in a cloister. Then suddenly the girls are seized with a joyous, unbridled spirit that sends them dancing and shrieking with abandon. "The Crucible" is a play about fervor run amok. It's about a society whose passions are locked down so tightly that once released, they quickly spiral out of control.
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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | November 4, 2000
The teen-age girls dance for the devil in the forest, run naked in the moonlight and think they can fly under a spell. Given the company they're keeping, you may believe it, too. Professional actors are collaborating with 15 seniors from the city's School for the Arts in a production of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," due to open Nov. 17 at the midtown Everyman Theatre. The high-schoolers are learning from pros how to make it look believable when they travel back to Salem, Mass., circa 1692, a time when a whole town talked of witchcraft.
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