Wednesday, April 12, 2017


L-R: Drew Hirschboeck, Cris Davenport, Robert Lee Hardy and Miranda Byers

     Rupert Holmes’ stage adaptation of John Grisham’s first novel, “A Time To Kill,” is a searing thriller of a court room drama.
     Grisham, who has written dozens of novels, wrote “A Time To Kill” before he penned “The Firm” and “The Pelican Brief.”
     Growing up 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.  
     When two 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.
     Esteemed director Bernie Cardell has assembled a superb cast that delivers a gripping evening of theatre that rivets.
     Robert Lee Hardy portrays the father of the victim with smoldering rage.
    As Jake 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.
    Perry Lewis is outstanding in his performance as the prosecuting attorney, Rufus Buckley.
     Miranda Byers charms as a precocious intern who assists Brigance.
     Linda Suttle turns in her best performance to date as Judge Olga Noose.
     Cris Davenport , Emily Tuckman and Claude Diener make the supporting cast shine.
     The 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.
Vintage Theatre presents
A Time to Kill
April 7-May 21
Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m.; Sun. at 2:30 p.m.
Monday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m; No performance on April 16
Tickets are $24 - $30 
Online at or 303-856-7830. 
Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010.

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