Monday, November 26, 2018

About the new 'To Kill a Mockingbird' Play

When I saw this 60 Minutes report on the new To Kill a Mockingbird play, I couldn't help thinking, "Why didn't Aaron Sorkin write a completely new work to address the issues of race and justice in a modern context, as he says is his purpose?"

I've loved Sorkin's and Jeff Daniels' work through the years, but truly if they want to turn Atticus Finch into a clueless, post-modern anti-hero, they're not really doing To Kill a Mockingbird.

This production seems like little more than the exploitation of an established work of art to me. I wish that Lee's estate had not to have settled on their case against it.

(Plus: Daniels, two years younger than me, is too old for the part of Atticus. He's 63.)

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