To Kill a Mockingbird is a powerful, relevant update to a classic story

The show: “Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird,” adapted from Harper Lee’s book by Aaron Sorkin

Presented by: Boston Broadway as second stop on national tour

What is it about: Scott Finch (Melanie Moore) remembers her childhood in Alabama, especially a pivotal 1934, when her principled lawyer father Atticus (Richard Thomas) ) defends Tom Robinson (Yager T. Welch), a black man accused of raping a white woman. Author Aaron Sorkin brings Lee’s classic tale of racial injustice into focus in the 21st century, Atticus is forced to battle the prejudice of friends and neighbors, and when speaking out is more important than “respect” . Sorkin also provides a bigger voice for the black characters Robinson, especially the housekeeper Calpurnia (Jacqueline Williams), and how they perceive and respond to the town and its inhabitants than the books or beloved films. .

Do not look at: Go ahead, bring kids old enough to understand this. A powerful adaptation that is both, and is not, a classic story you might aspire to treasure, Sorkin and director Bartlett Sheer more directly highlight the racism, hatred and narrow-mindedness of some Americans, as well as issues and ideas that are sadly relevant today . “Mockingbird” is still largely a white story, told by a white man based on a white woman’s book, but here Atticus emerges with new flaws and complexities, as many white people are in conflict with The way these issues wrestle with new perspectives is so complex. Mind you, though, this drama isn’t all dark. There’s also plenty of often unexpected humor to help make the story more relatable and the characters more endearing, which helps make its more complex moments more poignant.

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