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12 ANGRY MEN

Jurists almost come to blows in Reginald Rose's classic courtroom drama, TWELVE ANGRY MEN
Jurists almost come to blows in Reginald Rose’s classic courtroom drama, TWELVE ANGRY MEN

For their final production of the year, the Epicentre Theatre Company has taken on one of the classic courtroom dramas, Reginald Rose’s 1955 masterpiece, TWELVE ANGRY MEN.

The play opens with the twelve jury members congregating in the jury room shortly after having heard the closing arguments in what, at first blush, appears to be a clear-cut homicide case. If the the defendant is found guilty, the sentence is the electric chair.

As is the case with the American legal system, twelve jurors need to unanimously decide on a verdict of either guilty or not guilty. If a decisive verdict is not reached then the jury is declared a hung jury. The prosecution then have the right to seek a retrial.

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THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS

The Epicentre Theatre Company current production of Italian playwright Carlo Goldoni’s ‘The Servant Of Two Masters’, as adapted by Nick Enright and Ron Blair, is great entertainment, and is in many circles seen as an  Australian classic in its own right or as John Bell put it, a ‘commedia dell’Oz’.

There’s more than a bit of a Shakespearean feel to this  comic romp of mistaken identity and love gone wrong with even the phrase- all’s well that ends well- raised towards the end of the play.

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