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To Kill A Mockingbird Reviews

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Average customer review: 3.5 star rating (3.6 Stars)

Number of reviews: 71

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3.0 star rating Kathy Sadler from Louisville, Kentucky

NOT THE SAME ICONIC STORY AND CHARACTER

Had this play not been “To Kill a Mockingbird”, as an adaptation of the book and/or the film version, one might have thought this play was good. The original was just as much or more about the beloved character of Atticus as much as the injustices of society. Although the play began and ended with a declaration of the finest man in Macomb being Atticus, the play spent little effort in showing that. Part of the character’s appeal was in showing how deeply he felt re everything from fatherhood to a deep moral consciousness of right and wrong, and he showed that in every deed, spoken or unspoken and never in anger other than the poignant closing argument. The unspoken tribute is when Atticus walks out of the courtroom, and the preacher says, “ Stand up, Jean Louise, your father is passing”. We all stood in our hearts. Not here. The play spends too much time trying to make a case for passive aggression and a modern day racial reform agenda. He is chastised for being himself, whom we love

3.0 star rating Kathy Johnson Sadler from Louisville, Kentucky

ATTICUS, BOO, THE CHILDREN, AND RACIAL INJUSTICE

Part 2: This play and dialogue spends no time in exploring the warm relationship between Atticus and his children, nor building one between them and Boo Radley, central to Lee’s story. They managed to distort the innate goodness of Atticus, relationship between Calpurnia and the Finch family and decided to not present the powerful understated story of racial injustice, but rather a modern day version where Tom wasn’t being transported to a safer place and didn’t just break and run, and was inadvertently fatally shot by a guard but to one where he was trying to climb a prison walk and was shot 17 times! Where’s Boo in this story, the signature character, made to be no more than a footnote! Atticus would have never displayed the ugly comment “your welcome”, alleged by Capernia. They sucked the life out of Atticus, one most beloved and honorable characters in literature. Much unnecessary swear words, kids portrayed by adults, let me count the ways that this is NOT Harper Lee’s story! Sad.

3.0 star rating Carolyn from Waterbury, Connecticut

DISAPPOINTING

Unmet expectations. I’ve always loved the novel as well as the movie. I found the play off , in that that they tried to introduce humor into a very serious subject- racial discrimination. I felt uncomfortable and distracted. Some guests were laughing. I was not. Acoustics were poor. Found it difficult to hear/ understand the dialogue with the southern accents. Also felt is was too long. Think I’ll stick with book on this one.

3.0 star rating from Birmingham, Alabama

DISAPPOINTED

The sound was terrible, cannot hear the actors. Why does it take 3 hours to tell a two hour story? The filler put us to sleep.

3.0 star rating Joanie from Richmond, Virginia

PERHAPS A LOVE - HATE RELATIONSHIP....?

This is is one of my favorite books and I've read it probably I have dozen times. I've watched the old movie a dozen times. It was difficult to understand the words that the actors were saying, especially Scout (This wasn't just me but several people said the same thing). I loved Richard Thomas; I grew up watching him in the waltons and found this a totally pleasant surprise. I just don't like this adaptation. The last thing we need in 2024 is to be lectured about racism as though the audience is made up of a bunch of current day Jim Ewells. The story itself is tragic I'm not sure I liked mixing comedy with a story that rips my heart out.... But there were some great lines. Capernium wins the show for sure...or a it Tom? The bright spot is that one can look at that play and at the book and see how far we have come in this world. No our world is not perfect and it cuts both ways. It never will be.. I would prefer if it had stuck closer to the original book.

2.0 star rating Kathy from Nashville, Tennessee

VERY DISAPPOINTED

Difficult to hear Humor and slapstick don’t belong in this play Link Deas, Tom Robinson, Calpurnia actors were quite good but if we could have left at intermission we would have.

2.0 star rating Richard A Phelps from Tucson, Arizona

UNDERWHELMED

The book is a cherished favorite. The film adaptation with Gregory Peck is a classic. The play I saw last night was simply disappointing. Richard Thomas as Atticus Finch was very good, as were some of the supporting cast including Yaegel Welch (Tom Robinson), Richard Poe (Judge Taylor), and Steven Lee Johnson (Dill Harris). However, Melanie Moore (as Scout and the principle narrator), whose performance was otherwise laudable, has apparently never been to Alabama or the south, and her inconsistent attempts at a southern accent was far more Brooklyn than 'Bama. Most disappointing were the organization of the jumping back and forth in time rather than presenting the story linearly, and the decision to make the racial bigotry message far more heavy-handed than the subtlety used so effectively in both the book and the movie. I went hoping for so much more, but came away quite underwhelmed.

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