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Castaways Repertory Theatre Twelve Angry Men

By • Feb 9th, 2008 • Category: Reviews

Listen to our review of Castaways Repertory Theatre’s production of Twelve Angry Men [MP3 4:33 2.1MB].

Twelve Angry Men
Castaways Repertory Theatre
A.J. Ferlazzo Building, Woodbridge, VA
$14/$11 Special groups
Through Feb. 17th

Laura: This is the ShowBizRadio.net review of Twelve Angry Men performed by Castaways Repertory Theatre in Woodbridge Virginia. Mike and I saw the performance on opening night Friday, February 8, 2008.

Mike: Twelve Angry Men was an OK show. There weren’t any outstanding performances, but there weren’t any bad ones either. It is a safe show to do. It really is kind of hard to dig into these characters because you’re given such a small glimpse into their lives.

Laura: Since it was opening night I did notice some stumbling a a few dramatic pauses from some of the people. Overall everybody stayed pretty much in character. I liked the continuity they had. For example they had paper waiting for them instead of them coming in with their notes.

Mike: Twelve Angry Men is a play by Reginald Rose. 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: At the opening of the play, the only juror who thought the accused was innocent was juror #8, played by Herb Tax. Tax played the role rather matter-of-factly. He knew this was a big decision, it was somebody’s life at stake. Therefore he wanted to make sure he had all the facts. He felt the accused may not have done it. He wasn’t looking to find out who did do it, but a reasonable doubt that the accused did not do it.

Mike: One juror who was noteworthy was Juror # 10 played by Jessica Billones. She played a racist juror who used every opportunity to talk about “those” people. At one point she was ranting about those people and every other juror turned away and ignored her. Finally she realized she was acting stupid. That was a powerful scene.

We were talking with the show’s director (Zina Bleck) after the show and it turns out that the actor who was going to play that role had to drop out last week. Jessica was able to come in and do a good performance after only two rehearsals. We asked and she did not have any lines or cheat sheets on the table. She actually memorized all her lines in two days. Another impressive thing was Jessica would travel down everyday to Woodbridge for rehearsals and the performances from Hagerstown, Maryland. She would be driving an hour and a half each way for a show that was only an hour and twenty minutes long. Now that’s dedication.

Laura: The jury foreman was played by Ted Ballard. I liked his performance. He kept everything moving, kept fights from erupting, wanted everyone to just get along, stay calm and adult like. I liked the way he kept everything rolling along.

Mike: The other performers did a fine job. Again some of the challenges of the show are that the emotions really have to boil over and it is hard to get into that mindset because you are twisting back and forth with the script and having to channel that anger and emotion into your character and have it explode at just the right moment. Some of the emotions were a little subdued. Juror #3 played by Greg Powell had a hard scene to pull off. That is the regret and the other feelings he was feeling towards his son and that broken relationship. He did not quite hit that right I don’t think, but it is a hard role to pull off.

Laura: The set of Twelve Angry Men was good. It was designed by Tom Hannon. One problem was the door out of the jury room was supposed to be locked by the bailiff when everyone came in. When she went out and locked the door it swung back open. I thought that was funny, but otherwise I thought it looked like your standard jury room. It had one window, 12 chairs, a long table and a water fountain. It was pretty stark, but realistic.

Mike: Twelve Angry Men is playing through Saturday, February 23rd at the A.J. Ferlazzo Building in Woodbridge, Virginia. Friday and Saturday nights at 8 with a Saturday matinee on the 16th at 1 pm. The show ran about an hour and twenty minutes with no intermission.

Laura: And now, on with the show.

Photo Gallery

Chuck Smith Gavin Tameris
Chuck Smith
Gavin Tameris
Bailey Center, Tom Ziemba, John MacCracken Herb Tax
Bailey Center, Tom Ziemba, John MacCracken
Herb Tax
Doug Nelson Greg Powell
Doug Nelson
Greg Powell
Cast
Cast

Photos by Zina Bleck

Cast

  • Foreman: Ted Ballard
  • Juror 2: David Forcier
  • Juror 3: Greg Powell
  • Juror 4: Doug Nelson
  • Juror 5: John McCraken
  • Juror 6: Chuck Smith
  • Juror 7: Tom Ziemba
  • Juror 8: Herb Tax
  • Juror 9: Gavin Tameris
  • Juror 10: Jessica Billones
  • Juror 11: Brian Miller
  • Juror 12: Bailey Center
  • Bailiff: Erin DeCaprio

Crew

  • Producer/Director: Zina Bleck
  • Assistant Director/Light Design: Herb Tax
  • Stage Manager: Natalie Woods
  • Assistant Stage Managers: Katherine Biscula, Erin DeCaprio
  • Set Designer/Master Builder: Tom Hannon
  • Set Construction: Tom Hannon, assisted by August Kruesi, Gavin Tameris
  • Set Painting: Tom Hannon
  • Set Décor: Tom Hannon, Zina Bleck
  • Properties: Ted Ballard, Herb Tax
  • Sound Designer: Lynn Lacey
  • Sound/Lighting Operators: Katherine Biscula, Mary Brick, Lynn Lacey, August Kruesi
  • Special Effects: Ted Ballard, Herb Tax
  • Hair/Makeup: Lolita Marie
  • Costumes: Zina Bleck/Marji Jepperson
  • Front of House: Kathy Sahlberg
  • Cover Art: Herb Tax
  • Publicity: Don Wilson
  • Photography: Zina Bleck
  • Load in: Ted Ballard, Kristine Cornils, Erin DeCaprio, David Forceir, Tom Hannon, August Kruesi, John McCracken, Greg Powell, Gavin Tameris, Herb Tax
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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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