By Jenna Salisbury
Last Saturday night, Union’s Theater Department performed an adaptation of Reginald Rose’s “Twelve Angry Men,” entitled “Twelve,” in Yulman Theater.
Originally written and produced in the late 1950s, the Oscar-nominated teleplay addresses the flaws, principles and procedures that comprise the American jury system, in addition to the prejudices and egoism that plague our own society and obscure our judgment.
This particular rendition, directed by Union Department of Theater adjunct faculty Jonathan Albert, was modernized to appear more relevant to contemporary society.
This was reflected in both the costuming — dressing some of the more conservative characters in traditional ’50s garb and the more rational characters in modern clothing, as well as casting half of the jurors as female, when the original screenplay consisted of an all male cast.
Although the costuming was modernized to match the current time era, though some of the costumes seemed a little out of place even as they reflected the personalities of each character very well — from the more conservative jurors to the good-natured Average Joe.
The acting was as organic and relatable as it was engaging.
There were moments when you could literally cut the tension with a knife. (pun intended).
The main juror (Juror #8), portrayed by Lucy Miller ’16, managed to persuade not only her fellow jurors but the audience as well.
Dan Pallies ’15’s performance as the “excitable” juror (Juror #3) was also captivating, and his delivery was convincing and authentic.
The use of sound effects, such as the rain and lighting was clever and evoked the proper mood for the scene, especially at the end, when the knife was flooded in red light.
The production was sold out on Friday and Saturday nights, and deservedly so.