L-R: Drew Hirschboeck, Cris Davenport, Robert Lee Hardy and Miranda Byers
Holmes’ stage adaptation of John Grisham’s first novel, “A Time To Kill,” is a searing
thriller of a court room drama.
who has written dozens of novels, wrote “A Time To Kill” before he penned “The
Firm” and “The Pelican Brief.”
in Mississippi, he worked as a lawyer and was a member of the House of
Representatives for that state. With his background it’s no surprise that the
play is chock full of fascinating southern characters as well as a smoldering
racial tension that bristles throughout.
red neck boys are brought to trial after having shattered the life of a 10 year
old black girl, the stage is set for a confrontation of bigotry and rage as the
girl’s father seeks vengeance for their heinous act.
director Bernie Cardell has assembled a superb cast that delivers a gripping
evening of theatre that rivets.
Hardy portrays the father of the victim with smoldering rage.
Brigance, the lawyer for the defense, Drew Hirschboeck gives an engaging and memorable
portrayal. His nuanced closing statement to the jury will touch you deeply.
is outstanding in his performance as the prosecuting attorney, Rufus Buckley.
Byers charms as a precocious intern who assists Brigance.
Suttle turns in her best performance to date as Judge Olga Noose.
Davenport , Emily Tuckman and Claude Diener make the supporting cast shine.
realistic courtroom set, created by Eric R. Perez is enhanced by Jeremiah
Miller’s excellent lighting design. Luke Rahmsdorff-Terry’s effective sound
design bridges the scenes with gospel and blues.
L-R: Min Kyung Kim and Emily Gerhard (Photo Credit: Janelle Althoff)
with style by Mark Pergola, The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow is the story
of a cyber-genius who has OCD and is also afflicted with Agoraphobia. Adopted
in infancy from China, Jennifer Marcus longs to meet her birth mother. Since
she’s afraid to step outside her house she creates a robot to travel to her
birth place. Playwright Mark Rollins’ script was a finalist for the Pulitzer
Prize in 2006.
Pergola has cast Min Kyung Kim as
Jennifer Marcus. Making her Vintage Theatre and Denver debut, this actor delivers
a passionate reading of a genius’s need to get ‘out of the box.”
Emily Gerhard’s sparkling performance as a
robotic alter ego invests the show with humor and warmth.
Andrew Uhlenhopp’s comic performance in a number
of supporting roles provides a light-hearted punctuation to the proceedings.
His amorous Mormon missionary is especially memorable.
Norwood portrays a no-nonsense mother with a penchant for tough love wishing
her daughter could open the door to her own life.
Andy Anderson portrays Mr. Marcus with a
gentle, open-hearted presence.
Erik Thurston’s debut upon the Vintage
Theatre stage is delightful as Jenny Marcus’s pizza delivery boy friend.
The show is enhanced greatly by a cleverly
created set by Cherly Brodzinsky and an evocative and under-stated sound design
by Ren Manley.