LIVE: “To Kill a Mockingbird” @ Capital Repertory Theatre

March 5th, 2010, 9:55 am by Greg

Don Noble and Teigin Legault

Don Noble and Teigin Legault (photo by Laurin Trainer)

Like Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel and Richard Mulligan’s Academy Award winning film, Capital Rep’s production of “To Kill a Mockingbird” is a classic.

It’s a big-issue story of integrity in the face of injustice, and director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill backs it up an appropriately big production – featuring a sprawling cast of 26 actors. And yet there’s a profound intimacy to what goes on onstage.

With a huge cast like this, there are usually a few weak links, but the acting here is consistantly strong from Don Noble (as the righteous Atticus Finch) to Steven Patterson (as the despicable Bob Ewell) to Michael Anthony Williams (as the unjustly accused Tom Robinson, who is caught in the middle).

Noble has the most difficult and thankless mission – trying to create a character who has already been indelibly etched into our memories by Gregory Peck in the 1962 film – and yet he does just that with a quiet confidence and a sure-handed performance.

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