Tense Courtroom Thriller 12 Angry Jurors at Center Theatre
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The last date listed for 12 Angry Jurors was Saturday November 20, 2010 / 8:00pm.
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Featured review from Rich Schmidt
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Nicely done play, originally a TV drama, by Whittier Community Players. This play centers on the interpretation of 12 jurors of the meaning of "probable cause". After the trial is over and they are charged to render a verdict; they each in their way render a reflection of American ideas [and ignorance] of both the arbitrariness and the importance of their charge. Ranging from ignorantly naive to aggressively opinionated, from virulently prejudiced to passively ambivalent and from pragmatic to idealistic; these people gradually transformed themselves [or at least their individually held opinions] in such a manner as to completely reverse their ad hoc collective decision. This play was purportedly about Capital Punishment when written, however it is really about the process of gaining consensus when the responsibility to do so cannot be avoided and/or the stakes are high. Today armchair political analysts get a lot of milage from such "hot-button" issues, while we who they aspire to "lead" learn to be grateful for the ambiguity that is built into our systema in the necessity to set aside decision making and instead to embrace consensual action. Justice simply does not equate to commonly held individual ideas of "fairness" as experience this side of childhood demonstrate almost daily. This production was a well directed play with pretty good to excellent acting. Couldn't always hear the dialog but its still better to set near the back of the auditorium so you don't have to look up for 2 hours. Looking forward to their next offering "Quilters".
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This play was great! I would go again and again and again. This is a play that all groups young and old will enjoy. The seating for the play is pre selected unlike most plays offered via Goldstar. Even with that there were no bad seats. ...continued
Quotes & Highlights
Read about the famous 1957 film.
We’ve seen dozens of stories about what happens in the courtroom; the judge, the attorneys, the plaintiffs fill screens large and small. But what really happens after all is said and done, in that small, stuffy room where 12 relative strangers decide who wins, who loses and, sometimes, who dies? This taut thriller from the golden age of television, takes us into the jury room where 12 average citizens hold the fate of a young man in their hands. What really happened? What didn’t? Is there room for doubt? The audience will struggle along with the jurors to put it all in order, and this play will keep you thinking long after the curtain goes down.