To Kill a Mockingbird | Oak Park Festival Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

To Kill a Mockingbird Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through July 18 2015

There's nothing awful about this stage version of Harper Lee’s famous coming-of-age novel about life in rural Alabama in the 1930s—but there's nothing amazing either. Using Christopher Sergel’s faithful if flatfooted adaptation, director Vaun Monroe has assembled a pretty good cast who do a pretty good job bringing the play to life. The pace of the show flags in the second act—especially during the famous trial scene—but that may be the fault of the script. And there a few who go beyond pretty good: Jack Hickey is winning as the local sheriff, Aaron Christensen is compelling as the drunken, abusive, racist villain of the piece, and John Mossman is so strong as Atticus Finch he feels like a visitor from another, better production. The book remains the better choice. —Jack Helbig

Price: $27, $22 seniors, $15 students

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