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by James Sims
Twelve Angry Men, Roundabout Theatre's national touring production, opened Thursday night at the Ahmanson Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, with a handful of character actors turning out to support the cast which stars former television alums Richard Thomas and George Wendt.
Having undergone numerous transformations, including an extremely successful television to film adaptation in 1957 starring Henry Fonda, Twelve Angry Men epitomizes traditional drama, with a dozen men from all walks of life converging in a jury room to hash out the fate of another man's life.
Director Scott Ellis has decided to stick closely to the original book, keeping the play set in 1954 New York, and though Rose's book has the potential to work well under the guise of a modern reworking, the current interpretation reminds what made the original production so gripping.
Twelve Angry Men performs at Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre in downtown Los Angeles through May 6. For tickets visit the Center Theatre Group box office, located at 135 N. Grand Avenue in Los Angeles, or by phone at 213-628-2772. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org.
Photos by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging.
Lesley Ann Warren
Culture Clash's Actor Ric Salinas
Castmember Actor Alan Mandell with Culture Clash members Herbert Siguenza and Ric Salinas
Paul Willson with wife and Castmember George Wendt and wife Bernadette Birkett
Incoming CTG Board President Martin Massman, Mary McDonnell and Castmember Randle Mell
Castmembers Julian Gamble, Richard Thomas, Mark Morettini and Alan Mandell
Richard Thomas with son Montana and wife Georgiana
Castmembers Richard Thomas, David Lively and Alan Mandell
Castmembers Todd Cerveris and T. Scott Cunningham
Robert Costanzo, Castmember Jim Saltouros and Producer Robert Moresco
George Wendt and Paul Willson
Allan Arbus and wife Mariclare Costello
Richard Thomas, Director Scott Ellis and George Wendt