This February 2023, America’s greatest novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, is coming to the Orpheum Theatre in Omaha for a much-awaited stage adaptation! The award-winning play, based on Harper Lee’s 1960 novel of the same name, will conquer Omaha’s favorite entertainment destination from February 7 to 12, 2023! The play, written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Barlett Sher, has been revered as one of the most enlightening and moving plays of all time. The story still gives a fresh depiction of the events in Maycomb, Alabama. If you want to experience this award-winning adaptation of America’s greatest story, you should hurry and grab your tickets now before it’s too late!
To Kill a Mockingbird tells the story of Atticus Finch, a respectable lawyer who accepts a challenging assignment. He has been assigned to defend Tom Robinson, a black man falsely accused of raping a young white woman named Mayella Ewell. The townsfolk of Maycomb, Alabama, are not pleased with this assignment, but Finch still accepts and promises to defend Robinson to the best of his ability. Hence, he and his children are taunted and harassed by some people. The events in this timeless story by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee have biographical elements. Lee’s father, also a lawyer, was assigned to defend two black men who were accused of murder in 1919. The men were tried, convicted, and executed. Even if it was published in the ‘60s, the novel remains relevant today due to its portrayal of underlying issues, such as racial inequality, injustice, and prejudice.
To Kill a Mockingbird, adapted for the stage by Sorkin, opened on Broadway in 2018. The play was a colossal hit, selling more than $1.5 million tickets in its first week. Viewers will find many similarities in the novel, but there are a few variations, including the main protagonists. The play resonated well with professional critics. The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney commended the director in his review, “Perhaps the most notable achievement of this thoughtful adaptation, and Bartlett Sher’s meticulously calibrated Broadway production, is that it makes us hang on every word as if experiencing the story for the first time.”
“The late Lee would approve.” – Guardian.
“Sher has made sure that every movement, every perfectly cast face, every stage picture, and costume tells the story so precisely that it would do so even without words.” – New York Times.
Peter Travers from Rolling Stone, who compared the play to the novel, concluded that viewers who read the book must still experience the stage adaptation, “Sher has made sure that every movement, every perfectly cast face, every stage picture, and costume tells the story so precisely that it would do so even without words.” He added, “This Mockingbird stands on its own. And it sparks theatrical fireworks that light up the stage.”
Meanwhile, The New York Times’ Jesse Green loved the overall atmosphere of the play, “Sher has made sure that every movement, every perfectly cast face, every stage picture, and costume tells the story so precisely that it would do so even without words.” Furthermore, Arifa Akbar, who writes for the Guardian, mentioned, “The play offers a thorough indictment of the American justice system, from the bigoted white jury who convict an innocent black man against all the evidence in his favor – the echoes still resound today.” She added that Harper Lee would be proud of the stage adaptation.
To Kill a Mockingbird will open at the Orpheum Theatre in Omaha on Tuesday, February 7, 2023. The production’s stop in Omaha will hold eight performances at the historic theater from February 7 to 12. If you want the best experience watching the critically-acclaimed play, Omaha’s Orpheum Theatre is highly recommended for its state-of-the-art facilities and plush seating. Tickets to see To Kill a Mockingbird are now available! See the great American novel come to life only at the Orpheum Theatre in Omaha!