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The thing to keep in mind about 12 is that it’s written and performed by high school students, and is done at a high school student’s level. This drama is a twist on 12 Angry Men, set in a modern classroom during a lockdown caused by a possible school shooter. It’s almost like half-baked Breakfast Club, with one-dimensional cliches and ambitious attempts at addressing social issues, only with the addition of the classic pieces of the source material.
While important to discuss, it would be more effective without characters slapping the audience in the face with angry soliloquies. These 12 characters are definitely angry. Ideas that could have been explored were instead interrupted by others who didn’t listen. The exception was Alyson Doiron, whose portrayal of a student with autism spectrum disorder was done with nuance and grace, with a sense of solidarity and leadership among the group as their version of Juror 8.
When working with social issues on stage, it’s essential to use subtlety and conversation to make one think, rather than hit them over the head with your answer.
— Gillian Brown
From the Fringe program:
12 is inspired by Reginald Rose's classic courtroom play 12 Angry Men. We open as a high school goes into emergency lockdown. Twelve students are forced into a room to wait out whatever is happening. A social media firestorm erupts as students theorize who is terrorizing their school, and focus accusations on one in particular. Inside the room, all but one are convinced of his guilt. If the truth is to come out, the one standing alone must convince the 11 others to consider the facts, and not just what they see on their screens.
Show Length: 45 minutes
Suggested Audience: Parental Guidance
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Thu, Jul 18, 2019 – 3:45 PM
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Sun, Jul 21, 2019 – 9:15 PM
Tue, Jul 23, 2019 – 1:45 PM
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Fri, Jul 26, 2019 – 2:00 PM
Sat, Jul 27, 2019 – 11:00 PM
Updated on Friday, July 19, 2019 at 1:26 PM CDT: Adds review.
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