What Is the Story of A Time to Kill?
Based on John Grisham’s bestselling novel, A Time to Kill tells the story of Jake Brigance, an idealistic white lawyer from Ford County, Mississippi, who sits in on a harrowing court case: A 10-year-old black girl named Tonya Hailey was brutally raped and beaten by two white men. Jake is shaken by the testimony of the girl’s father, Carl Lee Hailey, but when Carl takes the law into his own hands in the courtroom, the grieving father is suddenly under arrest and facing a trial of his own. Carl begs Jake to represent him, and although it’s a tough case, the young lawyer agrees to fight for the justice of Tonya, Carl and their family. With the help of his oft-inebriated mentor Lucien Wilbanks and a bright young law student named Ellen Roark, Brigance goes head to head against district attorney Rufus Buckley. As the controversial trial shakes the town to its core, Brigance finds himself—and his own beloved family—under attack.
With performers on the level of John Douglas Thompson and [Patrick] Page, you can be guaranteed a certain complement of gripping exchanges and stirring orations.Review by Scott Brown from Vulture
[Tom] Skerritt nicely pulls off a charming disgraced and drunken lawyer and [Fred Dalton] Thompson is a sure-footed judge, perfectly cast.Review by Mark Kennedy from Associated Press
What is A Time to Kill Like?
Set almost entirely in the Ford County courthouse, A Time to Kill puts the audience in the jury seats, thanks to an elaborate rotating courtroom set by James Noone. Lawyers Jake Brigance and Rufus Buckley deliver their opening and closing arguments directly to the crowd, making the production feel virtually interactive. An ensemble cast of 14 brings John Grisham’s 1989 legal thriller to life at the intimate Golden Theatre. Clocking in at two hours and 30 minutes with one intermission, A Time to Kill is a compelling evening at the theater for courtroom drama fans.
Is A Time to Kill Good For Kids?
Unless your child is a big Law & Order buff, A Time to Kill will probably go right over his or her head. Older teens, especially those with an interest in the law, are likely to enjoy this production.