Opened: 28 Oct 2004
Written by: Reginald Rose
Directed by: Scott Ellis
Starring: Tom Aldredge, Mark Blum, Philip Bosco, Larry Bryggman, Robert Clohessy, Boyd Gaines, Kevin Geer, Peter Friedman, Michael Mastro, John Pankow, James Rebhorn, Adam Trese.
Synopsis: A young delinquent awaits sentencing for the manslaughter of his aggressive father. One juror feels that there is a reasonable doubt- to the frustration of his eleven colleagues - thus preventing a quick verdict. During the heated deliberations, the hidden preconceptions and assumptions of the jurors are revealed. When faced with playing the hangman, each juror is forced to face himself.
What the critics had to say.....
BEN BRANTLEY of the NEW YORK TIMES says ï¿½The actors ... are having an awfully good time. So, it might be added, is much of the audience.ï¿½ ELYSA GARDNER of USA TODAY says "Scott Ellis' bracingly naturalistic direction captures the tension, poignancy and sheer drudgery of the proceedings with almost painful authenticity. CLIVE BARNES of the NEW YORK POST says "This is essentially an ensemble play, directed by Scott Ellis with a sure sense of team skills, and the result is all-star super-smooth." HOWARD KISSEL of NEW YORK DAILY NEWS says ï¿½Scott Ellis has... created a powerful ensemble from his impressive cast.ï¿½ MICHAEL SOMMERS of STAR-LEDGER says "Assembling a highly skilled cast of actors, Ellis proficiently winds up the brawny old melodrama and lets it rip." LINDA WINER of NEWSDAY says "... it is hard to imagine a more enjoyable hour and 45 minutes than "Twelve Angry Men." DAVID ROONEY of VARIETY says "A rousing urgency to this bristling drama ." Frank Scheck of THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER says "Crackling good drama". MICHAEL KUCHWARA of Associated Press says "An absorbing theatrical experience."
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