Review of 12 Angry Jurors

The Parsons Street Players put on their first show of the school year.

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Review of 12 Angry Jurors

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I saw 12 Angry Jurors on Saturday, October 19 at 2pm, and it definitely surpassed my expectations. As someone who normally enjoys comedies and musicals more than dramas, I was skeptical when my sister told me that the show had serious tones. However, after going to see it, I have no regrets.

Directed by Rye Middle School English teacher John O’Donnell, the play was about a jury trying to decide whether a young man is guilty or not guilty of murdering his father. The entire story took place inside the room where the jurors are left to debate. The set, built by technical director Jeff Loddo, resembled a real room and perfectly set the scene.

Each of the jurors had a very different personality from the last, which made for an interesting plot, since the jury had to reach an unanimous decision. The jurors included Sydney Gager, Grant Hounsell, Rachel Belanger, Zekie Meulbroek, Sophie Magahales, Keith Miller, Julia Anechiarico, Kiera Moran, Nina Kato, Tess Greenhaw, Anastasia Liodori, and Juliet Smith. The only other character was the guard, played by Mark O’Brien.

My favorite aspect of the play was the character of the juror played by Keira Moran. Keira’s character was not afraid to challenge the other jurors at the beginning of the play. Eleven out of the twelve jurors vote guilty, yet she stands up for what she believes in. As the play goes on, Keira’s character formulates a logical argument for why she has reasonable doubt that the man is guilty. She first shows that the switchblade the young man used was a common item that could have been purchased anywhere. Using a watch, she then proves that the old man’s claim that he was able to walk from his bed to the front door of his apartment in time to see the young man running down the stairs was unlikely due to the fact that the old man used two canes and had trouble walking. Finally, she argues that the neighbor couldn’t be sure that she saw the young man stab his father through the window because there was doubt that the neighbor was wearing her glasses when she was trying to sleep.

I liked how Keira’s character was creative in how she thought about the information presented and questioned the credibility of the witnesses. Unlike some of the other jurors, she took the case very seriously because she knew a man’s life was at stake and followed what her instincts told her. When others disagreed with her, she didn’t let her emotions guide her argument but used logic to show them how they were wrong. Although Keira’s character was my favorite aspect of the play, the overall subject was very interesting and all of the actors did an excellent job.