While she tends to his physical wounds, she soon finds in him another scarred soul. They eventually realize a mutual need for redemption, to make amends and otherwise “correct” the errors of their lives. Is his ailment a form of “being punished for (his) wicked ways,” or has she happened upon him as a “test put before (her) by God”?
A familiarity with “The Crucible” adds a definite dimension to Aguirre-Sacasa’s sequel, although it isn’t necessarily mandatory. There are fleeting mentions of a couple of characters from the Miller play (Tituba, Mary Warren) — even a passing reference to his famous line about “getting to the bottom of this swamp” — and one of them makes an actual appearance, the scorned farmer’s wife Elizabeth Proctor (played by Olivia D. Dawson, among other smaller roles). A young orphan boy (Joshua Pagan) also figures into that earlier back story.
(Just a random thought here: Given Aurora's considerable success of late co-producing a few musicals with Theatrical Outfit, it might have been all the more intriguing had Aurora and the Express somehow collaborated on their respective companion pieces, maybe performing them in rotating repertory?)
Where “Abigail/1702” finally goes awry and turns fatally overwrought is in outwardly manifesting those demons plaguing our heroine, as she essentially “dances with the devil” (Peter Hardy) in a protracted sequence that’s akin to something out of “The Exorcist” — or worse, perhaps, an “Exorcist” sequel.
Through Oct. 15. 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays; 10 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 3 only). $20-$55. Aurora Theatre, 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222, www.auroratheatre.com.
Bottom line: Murky.
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