I agree with Teacher64 about this. I thought MOCKINGBIRD lost so much of its power with adults playing the kids' roles. There's an archness where there should be innocence. What makes this work so affecting is, for example, a young girl's misunderstanding of why the townsmen have gathered at Tom Robinson's cell. It is her guileless attitude that shames them. A kid naturally conveys that. An adult "acting" a version of a kid-not so much.
And, by the way Aaron Sorkin, what happened to the most moving lines in the entire work????
People on this board have asked over the years things like "how can you do "NINE" and leave out "Getting Tall"? That's the whole point of the work"., etc...
Well, how can you adapt TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and leave out "Stand Up, Miss Jean Louise, your father is passing." That moment, which embodies the whole theme that we, like Atticus, must strive to do what is right, EVEN WHEN WE KNOW WE WILL LOSE, in this deeply flawed world....that moment, which always leaves me shaken and deeply emotionally moved, isn't even in this Sorkin adaptation.
These two MAJOR MISTAKES in this adaptation will ensure that despite its current box office success (what serious theatregoer wouldn't anticipate a drama with Jeff Daniels, written by Sorkin? Of course it will be widely attended...at least initially), this will NOT be a MOCKINGBIRD for the ages. Listen to the people talking in the lobby, and leaving the Shubert. I was far from alone in my opinion.