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Yes, the excellent Christopher Innvar makes a very fine Atticus Finch
Posted by: Delvino 07:47 pm EST 01/15/22
In reply to: re: Greg Kinnear out of Mockingbird its closing-for-hiatus weekend? - Ronsdivas 08:01 am EST 01/15/22

In a season that's noted for the remarkable quality of covers, the Innvar take-over at Mockingbird deserves a niche place. One of the star slots on Broadways since the fall of 2018, this show has proven a draw based on synergy of material -- the title alone -- and star . It's all the more gratifying to report how powerful the play and production are with a fine actor giving a stunningly good, in every way nuanced and accomplished performance. Innvar's Atticus is gentle and even vulnerable, yet capable of bursts of anger, recalibrated when Finch recognizes what he inadvertently unleashed (the Mayella cross examination). Innvar isn't afraid to show us the impotence and inconclusiveness in Atticus's sometimes facile reasoning, and his quietest moments -- like his brief scene with Dill -- reveal an entirely different color in this almost too-known American figure. Sorkin's recomposed him, as everyone knows, but without a star turn to appraise, we see only the character. And Innvar's attractive presence adds something new: a genuine charisma that's incrementally revealed during the entire performance. We don't expect it, and so his big act 2 courtroom performance packs a double punch.

Independent of the earned discussion of understudy heroism on Broadway this complicated season, Innvar's glory is good for To Kill a Mockingbird. This new iteration looks to work well with (merely) great actors replacing star casting. It's far from a vehicle -- arguably, Scout is still the protagonist in some ways -- but Finch is that above-the-title role that will attract men 45-75 forever. Good for Sorkin, Lee -- and let's pause to add -- a treasure of a Broadway vet, Christopher Innvar. This is at least the fourth production I've seen him in, and I would add him to the short list of MVPs, this season or any other.
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