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Laurel Mill Playhouse Twelve Angry Jurors

By • Jan 25th, 2008 • Category: Reviews

Listen to our review of Laurel Mill Playhouse’s production of Twelve Angry Jurors [MP3 4:39 2.1MB].

Twelve Angry Jurors
Laurel Mill Playhouse
Laurel Mill Playhouse, Laurel, MD
$13/$10 Seniors and Students
Through Feb. 3rd

Laura: This is the ShowbizRadio.net review of Twelve Angry Jurors performed by the Laurel Mill Playhouse in Laurel Maryland. Mike and I saw the performance on Thursday evening, January 24th, 2008.

Mike: I was looking forward to seeing this show, I’ve never seen it live. I’ve seen the classic film production and I’ve seen the 1997 remake so I was looking forward to seeing this. Unfortunately, it just didn’t quite work for me. I think the playwright when he modernized the show did some things that just didn’t make sense and I had a hard time suspending my disbelief and accepting some of the legal things that were happening. The production itself was OK. There were a few hesitated lines. The actors didn’t seem to be in character yet. They did OK, but I had a hard time getting into this show.

Laura: This show really didn’t do much for me either. It was a good story. You had the detective work of the jury members to to get to the truth, but they just didn’t seem to have gelled as a cast. There were some dropped lines and other inconsistencies that bothered me. For instance taking notes during the trial and then bringing them into the jury room to discuss. Then there was the bringing the knife into the jury room. I didn’t think that could get past security. Those were some inconsistencies that were bothersome. Overall it was an OK show.

Mike: Twelve Angry Jurors is a play by Reginald Rose in collaboration with David Mamet. This is the classic “post-courtroom” drama, in which twelve jurors struggle to come to a decision on a murder case — and, in the process, learn about justice, uncertainty, and their own personal flaws.

Laura: This cast consisted of twelve characters whose names you never learn. You only know their juror number. We did get an insight into some of their personal philosophies throughout the evening.

Mike: You see the stereotypes, the immigrant, the rich, the nervous guy, the annoying woman. You really don’t get much past those stereotypes. For example, one of the jurors, #3 was aggressive. He was played by Stuart Rick. He seemed to be upset at the world. He had an angry monologue he performed early in the show when he was talking about his son and their estrangement. It just didn’t feel real. It didn’t teach me anything about him except that he was angry at his son and he was transferring that to the man on trial. But I never learned anything about Juror #3 or have anything explained about him. Nothing was wrapped up about him.

Laura: Juror #8 the Reasoning Juror was played by Craig Miller. He was the one from the beginning who thought that the kid was innocent. He had to prove to everybody else that that was the case. He did it matter-of-factly. Still, you really didn’t learn much about him. He was the thoughtful one and throughout the show didn’t really change a whole lot. He didn’t show a lot of emotion either way.

Mike: All of the jurors did stayed in character pretty well. There were small touches that they were able to add to their characters. The Foreperson (Natalie Tucker) had a funny bit near the end of the show when she got mad at the Opinionated Knitter (Juror #10), played by Ann Marie Feild. She started getting up into her face and taking off her earrings. I could see a fight coming. I liked the small touches that made their characters unique.

Laura: The set for Twelve Angry Jurors was a simple set. Not having been in a jury room before I wasn’t sure what one looked like. I could see a bare room with not a lot of stuff on the walls. They did have a skyline of New York visible through one window. The set was designed by the show’s director, Donald Neal.

Mike: I think this show was a good choice for the Laurel Mill Playhouse. The claustrophobic feeling of their small performance area worked well for this show. Especially as all the characters started getting on each others nerves.

Laura: Twelve Angry Jurors is playing through Sunday, February 3, at the Laurel Mill Playhouse in Laurel, Maryland. Friday and Saturdays at 8 and Sunday matinees at 2 PM.

Mike: The show ran about an hour and twenty five minutes without intermission.

Laura: And now, on with the show.

Cast

  • Juror #1 (Foreperson): Natalie Tucker
  • Juror #2 (Cooperative): Frank O’Donnell
  • Juror #3 (Aggressive): Stuart Rick
  • Juror#4 (Conciliatory): Jeff Murray
  • Juror #5 (Unassuming): Tracey Dye
  • Juror #6 (Uncertain): Philip shamin
  • Juror #7 (Impatient): Gregory Mangiapane
  • Juror #8 (Reasoning): Craig Miller
  • Juror #9 (Experienced): Greg Coale
  • Juror #10 (Opinionated): Ann Marie Field
  • Juror #11 (Immigrant): Doug Silverman
  • Juror #12 (Advertising): Hillary Stishan
  • Guard: Tricia Schwaab

Crew

  • Director/Producer: Donald Neal
  • Stage Manager/Assistant Director: Tricia Schwaab
  • Executive Producer: Maureen Rogers
  • Assistant Producer: Kit Fox
  • Light/Sound Board: Kit Fox, Larry Levinson, Julie Rogers
  • Set Design: Donald Neal
  • Set Construction: Marvin Rogers
  • Set Painting: Bette Williams and The Cast
  • Set Dressing: Donald Neal and The Cast
  • Properties: Donald Neal and Tricia Schwaab
  • Sound Design: Donald Neal
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started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.

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