12 Angry Jurors by Interboro High School in Prospect Park, PA
November 20, 2018
Review submitted by Stephen D’Antonio of Archmere Academy
There is no “unreasonable doubt” that Interboro High School is guilty of a spectacular performance of 12 Angry Jurors! The play, originally titled 12 Angry Men, is a suspenseful drama based off a movie and TV series of an eponymous name.
The show takes place during the summer of 1957 in a New York City jury room. The heat outside does not equate to the heat inside the jury room, where twelve individuals must decide the fate of a man alleged of killing his own father. The jurists start at an almost unanimous vote: eleven votes for guilty, one vote not guilty. The show continues in arguments over the fate of the man, until the whole jury can agree. The timeless show touches on issues still faced today, including racism and sexism.
Overall, the small cast of thirteen delicately crafted excellent performances for the suspense-filled show. Being onstage for the entirety of the show, each of the twelve jurors was able to stay in character, and react to each other appropriately. The chemistry between the entire cast was clear, and they created an immersive atmosphere for the entire audience.
Amir Herradi’s performance as Juror 8 proved to be remarkable. Herradi intelligently crafted a persona for his character which he maintained throughout the entire show. The emotions he put forth, along with the relations he built with others, were genuine and added greatly to the show.
Additionally, James Razzi, playing Juror 7, performed excellently. His emotion, reaction, and relations with other characters added to the immersive characteristic of the show. Additionally, his sarcastic portrayal of the character helped to lighten the mood of the dramatic piece. In addition, Denise Hakberdiyeva’s portrayal of Juror 11 added to the show greatly. Her ability to maintain an accent and stay in character for the totality of the show was excellent.
A simplistic set and minimal lighting allowed for a smooth and error-free production from a technical perspective. Additionally, The Interboro Theater Tech Crew performed excellently in the area of sound, with minimal issues especially being tasked at running twelve microphones simultaneously. The Interboro Theater Costume Crew and Make-up Crew also crafted remarkable, time-appropriate outfits and looks.
Overall, 12 Angry Jurors at Interboro High School was fantastic, and the dedication of the cast and crew truly shined through in the production. Congratulations to the cast and crew for being guilty of excellence!
Review submitted by Katie Tuberosa of Cardinal O’Hara High School
The verdict is in: Interboro High School’s 12 Angry Jurors created a masterful and spellbinding show that captivated the audience right from the moment that the lights dimmed. As the tale unfolded, the audience sat on the edge of their seats, wondering what twists and turns would happen next.
12 Angry Jurors follows the story of a panel of jurists who must unanimously decide the fate of a young man accused of murdering his father. Once sequestered in the room, eleven jurists, made up of both women and men, instantly vote guilty; with the exception of Juror #8, who believes that there is reasonable doubt of the man’s culpability. Juror #3 believes that the man is guilty and is stalwart in her belief.
The small but mighty cast of thirteen performers had remarkable stage presence. If the scene was not focused on them, the collective ensemble would remain immersed in their characters. Their background actions (side discussions, pouring and drinking water from a water cooler, complaining about the heat, and smoking) seemed authentic and natural.
Bailey Collington (Juror #3) and Amir Herradi (Juror #8) displayed great chemistry during their volatile exchanges. Amir played off Bailey’s smoldering rage and impatience, balancing her ire with his calm, cool tone. Her persistence drove the majority of the scenes and as she revealed her “backstory”, the audience caught a glimpse of inner sadness and angst. Amir’s character, conveying the desire to give the alleged murderer a chance, was portrayed with raw emotion. He made Juror #8 one of the most memorable and genuine characters in the show.
Denise Hakberdiyeva (Juror #11) played her role of an immigrant with poise and delicacy. Each line was meticulously executed with perfect dialect. Andrew Marshall (Guard/Voice of Judge) may not have been on stage as much as the jurors, but he provided moments of comic relief with simple one-liners. Other standouts included Conner Shaffer (Juror #4) and James Razzi (Juror #7), both of whom had well-developed characters with distinctive personalities.
Interboro’s behind the scenes crews ensured that this production was seamless. The costume team should be commended for their distinctive costumes which were spot-on for the time period, right down to the hats, shoes, cigarette boxes and purses. The sound was perfectly balanced from the booming voices arguing to the almost whispers of emotion when characters reached self-realization.
12 Angry Jurors is an ambitious show to execute, especially with the weight of the production placed on its thirteen actors. Interboro High School took this challenge and presented its audience with an intriguing performance.