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Arts & Entertainment - April 16, 2010

Script keeps 'Mockingbird' from singing

Acting is solid, but a flawed Harper Lee adaptation makes TheatreWorks show uneven

by Jeanie K. Smith

"To Kill A Mockingbird," Harper Lee's only novel, is arguably one of the most important works of American literature to come out of the 20th century. It captures an era, a culture and an aspect of the nation's psyche that still resonates for modern readers.

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Posted by Lucy, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 18, 2010 at 8:08 am

Jeanie Smith writes well, but I don't understand how she can be fully trusted to write unbiased reviews of Theatreworks and other local theatre companies while she has a vested interest in another company where she is the Associate Artistic Director (i.e. Pear Avenue Theatre). I've never heard of someone on the artistic staff of one theatre writing reviews of other theatres. This seems to be a clear conflict of interest.

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 18, 2010 at 10:28 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Two works of art, Showboat and To Kill A Mockingbird, my well have been the Uncle Tom's Cabin of the 20th Century. Their illustration of the evils of miscegenation laws and lynch law paved the way, for me and receptive others, to challenge the conventional wisdom that justified Jim Crow. Since the wages of theater critics of Off-off-off productions is unlikely to change one's tax bracket I consider such peer reviews to be informative. Roses to Miss Smith.

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