Thursday, April 28, 2022

To Kill A Mockingbird @ Playhouse Square

Through May 15, 2022
(216) 241-6000


Roy Berko

The touring production, under the direction of Bartlett Sher, is finely honed.  The staging, the casting, the technical aspects of the play are impeccable.  This is theatre at its finest.  It is an absolutely must see for anyone interested in a well-written, meaningful story that is as relevant today as when it was written.  Bravo!!!

To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.

Kerry Clawson

In this beautiful production, which both does justice to the novel and also fleshes out some key characters more, the storytelling is compelling and nimbly paced. At the same time, it also allows the characters and the audience to breathe in both the weighty and beautiful moments. ... Sorkin's stage adaptation, which premiered on Broadway in 2018, has the story's three children — Scout, Jem and Dill — narrating the story, departing from the sole narrator Scout in the novel. This dramatic technique makes Atticus the heart of the story and puts the drama's trial front and center.

To see a full review of this show, read Kerry Clawson's review here.

Howard Gollop

"A highly engaging new stage version of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' occasionally succumbs to the trappings of live theater as much as it benefits because of them. ... Certainly, the virtues of modern theater tearing down that 'fourth wall' should be realized, but here, a little goes a long way. ... Fortunately, playwright Aaron Sorkin does rectify one problem in adapting Harper Lee’s book — putting the climactic trial front and center, rather than meandering eventually to it as in the film and first stage adaptation.

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Sheri Gross

This production is an important, necessary portrayal of a time in our past that still seeps heavily into our present; a time full of wrongs that we haven’t been able to right. All we can do is hope that, like Scout, Jem and Dill, our children will continue to question the adults in their lives, demand better from them, and be the change makers that our world needs. These are a few of many thoughts provoked by this “must-see” production.  

To see a full review of this show, read Sheri Gross' review here.

Mark Horning

The racial injustice theme of “To Kill a Mockingbird” seems ripped right out of today’s headlines yet its message still shines brightly that hate might still be overcome through the use of common sense, common decency, common courtesy with a healthy dose of humor as taught to our children. This is a show that is universally relatable. Scout it out.

To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's Review here.

Chris Howey

"(This) is a play that is utterly pleasing on the surface, thanks to a superior cast that is fully in tune with the crisp pacing of director Bartlett Sher. Upon reflection, however, there are a collection of moments that give one pause, triggering the "Yes, but..." impulse."

To see a full review of this show, read Chris Howey's Review here.

Laura Kennelly
No review yet.
To see a full review of this show, read Laura's posts at Cool Cleveland.

Kate Klotzbach

"All in all, this moving production is worth every emotion that it evokes. The superior acting, the appropriate setting, lights, sound, and costumes, the skillful directing, and the overall presentation of this superb theatrical endeavor do justice to Harper Lee’s first-class novel."

To see a full review of this show, read Kate's posts here.

Zachary Lewis

True to the original but enriched with new relevance, Aaron Sorkin's theatrical adaptation of the great American novel is everything one could hope for and more.

To see a full review of this show, read Joey's posts here.