Donate Now to Support KDHX

Listen Live
Monday, 29 November 1999 18:00

To Kill a Mockingbird

Written by Chris Gibson
Rate this item
(0 votes)

The O'Fallon Repertory Theatre

Through 11/04/2007
Reviewed by Chris Gibson
The O'Fallon Repertory Theatre is presenting Christopher Sergel's adaptation of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. But by dramatically condensing the action and events that take place over a three year period in the book, the playwright lessens the scope of the story and dilutes the tension. An intermission that occurs right as the pivotal trial begins only adds to the problems with this production.

 

Set in Maycomb County, Alabama in 1935, the plot has widowed attorney Atticus Finch taking on the duty of defending a black man unjustly accused of assaulting a young white girl. Though the outcome is never really in doubt due to the prejudicial attitudes of the time, the case is important to Finch. As a parent he uses the trial to teach his children the true meaning of courage and the importance of standing by one's beliefs.

Mary Fedak plays the grown up incarnation of Atticus's daughter, Jean Louise, who narrates the play. Fedak does a decent job in the role, but the device proves more distracting than insightful. Sierra Teson plays Scout, the younger version of Jean. Teson is a bit tentative at times, but does fine work overall. Less successful is Michael Fedak in the crucial role of Atticus. Fedak is just too monotonous in his approach. His tepid characterization lacks any emotional depth. Though he seems sincere, there's no underlying passion in his portrayal.

Terrance Peterson is exceptional in the small part of Tom Robinson, the black man accused of rape. Peterson fully invests himself in the part and gives a clarity to his testimony that's missing from many of the other actor's performances. Samantha Page is also good as his accuser, Mayella Ewell. Page is able to accurately convey the confusion and shame her poor and barely educated character feels. D.A. Capaldi is convincingly sinister as Mayella's father, Bob, the true villain of this piece.

Shane Rudolph is underutilized as Boo Radley. Rudolph does what he can with the part, but the script doesn't fully develop the mysterious Radley in the same manner the novel does. Here he's only around to conveniently protect Finch's children from the murderous advances of the elder Ewell, and nothing else. Unfortunately that key dramatic moment is clumsily staged and awkwardly executed.

Solid support is provided by Bill Fix, Joan Ochoa, Daniel Hecht, April Grob, Roxanne Seegers and Steve Teson.

Katherine Cuba's direction is hampered by some pedestrian performances and by a script that never manages to build any suspense. The crux of Harper Lee's powerful story is still there, but the impact is never felt.

To Kill a Mockinbird
continues through November 4th (2007) at the Renaud Spirit Center in O'Fallon, Mo. Call 636-474-8150 for ticket information.

Sponsor Message

Become a Sponsor

Find KDHX Online

KDHX on Instagram
KDHX on YouTube
KDHX on SoundCloud
KDHX on Facebook
KDHX on Twitter
KDHX on flickr

KDHX Recommends

February
Sunday
01

Discovery Series

The Discovery Series, a 10-event series spanning February to June, 2015, will not only bring you new music, but also music-focused interactive sessions that take a look at how music plays a role in our society. Each month the...


February
Monday
02

Fringe Third Annual Quick Draw - Artist networking and lottery drawing

This event marks the final step of the selection process for shows in the 2015 St. Lou Fringe Festival … but more importantly, it is a one-of-a-kind inside look at the city’s bravest, most creative performing passion...


February
Friday
06

Leo Kottke

KDHX welcomes Leo Kottke to The Sheldon on Friday, February 6th at 8 PM. Folk guitarist Leo Kottke is known for his innovative 12-string technique, and intimate performance style.


Online Users

3 users and 10752 guests online
Sign in with Facebook

SYSTEM: S5 Box

Login/My Account

Sign in with Facebook