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To Kill a Mockingbird, by based on the book by Harper Lee, dramatized by Christopher Sergel
This show will make you think!
Saturday, August 6, 2011
4.0
I have seen To Kill A Mockingbird at a few other theaters and I thoroughly enjoyed this production. I personally liked this adaptation better than the one in which Scout as an adult serves as the narrator. There were also some changes to this version (where the intermission is in the show, for instance) that I think were good ideas on the part of ACT1. The acting was very good from everyone. Atticus Finch, Ms. Maudie, Tom Robinson and Mayella Ewell were particularly good, although I felt Bob Ewell was not \"mean\" enough. All three children were natural and endearing. Jem Finch in particular did a great job of working through the adolescent emotions without overdoing it and Dill was nothing if not odd, which is right on for his character. The casting was clearly done not to replicate the movie, but to tell the story and served the adaptation well. Sheriff Tate played his part for laughs which worked well and gave meaning to the ending (which I will not spoil here). There were some issues with blocking that I feel were unavoidable given the size of the cast and the size of their stage. But I never felt like I was taken completely out of the story. I felt like the director did a good job in the building of tension in several scenes and the touches of humor were just what was needed to break the tension. The scene in which the children are attacked was a real edge-of-your-seat-moment. This was my 4th or 5th show at ACT1 and easily the most affecting and well done show I have seen there. They must be doing something right because the aftershow buzz around me was all positive with several audience members in tears. One other note is that the scene changes were done as well as I can imagine given the huge changes and number of set pieces. Overall, the entire group I was with felt that this was a well acted and well directed show and are looking forward to more from ACT1 and everyone involved.

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