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A Time To Kill
Playing at The John Golden Theatre located at 252 West 45th Street. It runs two hours thirty minutes with one intermission. The show is an open ended run.
The story is based on the book written by John Grishman in 1988. This was his first novel. In 1996 the book was adapted into a film.
Rulpert Holmes (playwright) won a Tony Award for Best Book and Best Score for “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” (1996). He received Tony nominations in 2007 for “Curtains” (Best Musical and Best Score) and in 2003 for “Say Goodnight Gracie” (Best Play).
Ethan McSweeney (director) was nominated for a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award in 2000 for “The Best Man”.
Tom Skerritt is known for his role in Picket Fences”. He won two Emmy Awards in 1993 and 1994 for this role.
Tonya Pinkins was nominated for a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Drama League Award for “Carolina or Change”. She was nominated for an Obie Award in 2003 for “Carolina or Change”. In 1997 she was nominated for a Tony Award for “Play On”. Tonya won a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award in 1992 for “Jelly’s Last Jam”.
Fred Dalton Thomas was a United State senator from Tennessee, 1994-2003. He was in was in the television show Law and Order (2002).
The play takes place in the early 1980’s, in and around the Clanton courthouse Ford County, Mississippi.
A ten year old black girl on her way home with groceries was kidnaped, raped and brutalized.
The two men who did the crime were caught. The men are white.
The judge Omar Noose (Fred Dalton Thomas) sets the bail higher than the men can afford.
Carl Lee Hailey (John Douglas Thompson) the girl’s father is in the court room. He comes back a few days later when the men are going to be in court and kills them and wounds the police officer with them. He asks Jack Brigance (Sebastian Arcelus) to be his lawyer. Jack has won three cases involving black men. But none of them for murder.
The story revolves around the events that happen before they go to trial and what happens once they do.
The district attorney Rufus R. Buckley (Patrick Page) is trying to make a name for himself from this case. He wants to be governor.
Jake sends his family away fearing for their lives. Jake is white and has been getting threats. His father in law Lucien Wilbanks (Tom Skerritt) is giving him advice, he was a lawyer once. But he is drunk most of the time. We get bits and pieces why he can’t practice law any more.
Rufus intern Ellen Roark (Ashley Williams) is finishing her internship with him. She wants to help Jack get Carl free.
Ozzie Walls (Chike Johnson) is the sheriff in the town. Ozzie is black. He lets Carl’s wife Gwen (Tonya Pinkins) visit him. She questions him why he had to do this to his family. They need him both financially and physically. Gwen tells him their daughter is having nightmares and will never be able to have children.
Tonya Pinkins is touching as the mother in such agony. Her daughter will never be the same and she may lose her husband. You feel her pain she is so convincing.
Patrick Page is the sweet talking district attorney. You can feel what a slime bag he is. He does the role so good.
This is a touching story about bigotry and hate in the south. I would like to have seen more fire in some of the characters. But it still is a good show.
Review by Rozanna Radakovich
Photos by Annazor.
For candid interview with the cast, scroll down to the left for recent photos. Click on recent photos for this and other shows.
The Snow Geese
Playing at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre located at 311 West 47th Street. The play runs two hours and twenty minutes. It will close on December 15, 2013.
Danny Burnstein was nominated for several awards. In 2013 he was nominated for Tony Award and Outer Circle Critics Award for “Golden Boy” and in 2012 “Follies” a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Outer Circle Critics Award. He won an Outer Circle Critics Award for “South Pacific”. Danny was nominated for a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for this role. In 2006 he was nominated for a Tony Award for “The Drowsy Chaperone”.
Victoria Clark won a Tony Award for “The Light in the Piazza” in 2005. She was nominated for a Tony Award for “Cinderella” in 2012 and “Sister Act” in 2011.
Mary Louise Parker won a Tony Award in 2000 for “Proof”. She was nominated for a Tony Award in 2004 for “Reckless” and in 1990 for “Prelude to a Kiss”. She was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2007 for “The Robber Bride”, 2003 for “Angels of America” and in 2002 for “West Wing”.
The play takes place on November 1, 1917 at the Gaesling family lodge outside Syracuse, New York.
The maid Viktorya Gryaznoy (Jessica Love) is setting the dining room table for breakfast.
Duncan Gaesling (Evan Jonigkeit) joins his mother Elizabeth (Mary Louise Parker) and Brother Arnold (Brian Cross) for the annual shooting party. He is about to go overseas, to war. His father has died two months ago. Arnold is eighteen and is trying to help his mother figure out her finances
Elizabeth sister Clarissa Hohmann (Victoria Clark) and Clarissa husband Max (Danny Burnstein) are at the lodge too.
Act two opens with Elizabeth dreaming about her dead husband Theodore (Christopher Innvar), Clarissa finds her in her wedding dress.
The rest of the act the family is packing up and getting Duncan ready to leave.
In the course of the show secrets and lies come out about members of the family. I saw it in the second day of previews. It was hard hearing some of the actors both in the mezzanine and in the orchestra seats (I switched seats after the first act). I don’t know if this contributed to my confusion as to who the characters were especially Victoria Clark and Danny Burnstein. Once I caught a word that indicated who they were the story started to make sense.
The play has a stellar cast. Danny Burnstein was great with his German accent. Brian Cross and Evan Jonigkeit are good together as brothers.
It was a good story. Act one could have been tightened up and a better explanation given as to whom some of the characters were. The second act was strong.
The set designed by John Lee Beatty was excellent. Especially if you are higher up you got to see how the set fit in.
Hopefully they have fixed the sound, if they did it’s a nice show to see.
Review by Rozanna Radakovich.
Photos by Annazor.
To read a candid interview with the cast, scroll to the left for recent photos. Click on recent photos for this and other shows.