Trinity College Dramatic Society’s (TCDS) interpretation of Reginald Rose’s classic court drama, Twelve Angry Jurors, was a dynamic play marked by phenomenal acting. The TCDS’s interpretation of the play held true to the original plot, known for its almost singular focus on the strength of individual actors performances. The jurors’ emotional changes were well portrayed by both new and seasoned performers. The production also managed to highlight equality by amending the original play, Twelve Angry Men, to incorporate both male and female jurors.
Originally a 96-minute-long drama, TCDS’s production was condensed into a concise and thrilling hour. This choice involved the removal of the opening and closing scenes of the play, as well as a significant shortening of the eventual emotional breakdown of Juror Three.
While the condensed script somewhat limits the audience’s ability to sympathize with Juror Three, a key character, there is no doubt that TCDS’s rendition of Twelve Angry Jurors was a notable staging with smart costumes, strong set design, and talented actors who brought a compelling devotion to their roles.
Editor’s note (January 27, 2015, 3:04 pm): The TCDS production employed an adaptation of Twelve Angry Men by Sherman L. Sergel.