Theater: To Kill a Mockingbird

Opened: December 13, 2018

Book by: Aaron Sorkin

Broadway Replacement Cast: Ed Harris, LisaGay Hamilton, Nina Grollman, Nick Robinson, Taylor Trensch, Dakin Matthews, Neal Huff, Kyle Scatliffe, Manoel Felciano, Eliza Scanlen, Christopher Innvar, Russell Harvard, Patricia Conolly, Liv Rooth, Ted Koch, Baize Buzan, Rosalyn Coleman, Gene Gillette, Steven Lee Johnson, Mariah Lee, David Manis, Aubie Merrylees, Geoffrey Allen Murphy, Luke Smith, Rebecca Watson, Yaegel T. Welch & William Youmans

An adaptation of Harper Lee’s beloved novel, To Kill a Mockingbird may differ from its source novel and the 1962 film but breathes new life onstage for a new generation of audiences.

Scout and Jem Finch (Nina Grollman & Nick Robinson), along with their friend Dill Harris (Taylor Trensch), tell the story of their father Atticus Finch (Ed Harris) representing a black man, Tom Robinson (Kyle Scatliffe), who’s accused of raping a white woman, Mayella Ewell (Eliza Scanlen), in 1930s Alabama.

Harris falters as Atticus. The character is supposed to be sure of himself and an expert speaker, but Harris has a hard time remembering the lines and takes away from his greatness. Using adults to play the child characters is a smart choice and Grollman, Robinson and Trensch expertly lead the show.

Final say: Entrancing from its first moments. ★★★★☆

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