Sunday, February 19, 2006

To Kill a Mockingbird Review

I Ushered today at Rhinebeck. CenterStage Productions put on "To Kill a Mockingbird" It was a sold out performance, with a number of people being turned away at the door. To say ushering was crazy today would be an understatement. The curtain went up 15 minutes late since so many people arrived late. Some people even had to be seated at intermission, since they couldn't be seated during the performance.

The performance was good, much preferable to having to read the book in school. The acting for the most part was good, although there were a few performers who spoke too softly and several southern accents (show takes place in Alabama, circa 1930) that were a little unreliable. Staging was excellent. The set was simple but effective, a row of houses with a simple set of stairs forming stoops and porches. The courtroom scene was just the stairs, which worked well. Costumes were unremarkable, but that is what one expects of a play set in rural Alabama. They fit the time frame and characters perfectly.

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