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Twelve Angry Men
a Courtroom Drama
CATEGORY : DRAMA
by Reginald Rose

COMPANY : Blackwell Playhouse
VENUE : Blackwell Playhouse
ID# 3702

SHOWING : April 24, 2010 - May 22, 2010

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

This classic courtroom drama depicts a murder trial jury forced to reconsider its nearly unanimous decision by the single dissenter who sows a seed of reasonable doubt. Directed by Pete Borden.


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It was worth seeing.
by Steve Rhinehart
Thursday, May 27, 2010
3.5
After almost two weeks in southern California (Fantasyland, I call it), I got back in town late Saturday afternoon, only to be whisked away to the Blackwell Playhouse to see the final performance of “Twelve Angry Men”,



The play was well enough done, and featured some strong performances by Mike Crowe (Juror # 3), Brad Rudy (Juror # 10), Steven Banks (Juror # 4) and Greg Smith (Juror # 8). The rest of the cast gave balance performances, with moments of exceptional insight into the characters.



However, there were several missed directorial opportunities. I am not sure why they were missed. I prefer to think it is because the director, my friend Pete Borden, was forced to play a small role (Juror # 2) and was unable to give his full attention to the director’s job. If that is not the case, I am left with the possibility that he is losing his edge.



The set was simple with a table, chairs, flag on a stand and a real working water cooler. That is just as well, since this drama is totally character and dialogue driven. An elaborate set would distract somewhat from that.



I fully realize that the theme music from Perry Mason is protected by copyright, as is the music from “Matlock”, and choosing appropriate music for this drama was not easy. Nevertheless, Borden surely could have come up with something more appropriate than Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake.” Give me a break!!



Lastly, let me touch on the venue. I had never attended a community theater production in a place which gave me a feeling of “cluttered” and “It’ll do”. I can no longer say that. Owner, John Christian, would do well to turn some bright lights on his theater and take an honest look at it. If he doesn’t think a “general clean and straighten” is in order, then I am afraid he is doomed to continue to with poor attendance.



All in all, the production was well worth seeing. I am told that attendance was dismally low. Since the production was acceptable, the reason for the lack of attendance might be ticket prices, the economy, the play, the director, the venue, or any combination thereof.

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