Southern Gothic

Boo Radley is back -- and he’s celebrating his 51st birthday.

It’s been more than a half-century since Harper Lee first published her stunning novel To Kill a Mockingbird in 1960, taking hostage the conscience of an America immersed in racial strife and prejudice. The theatrical version, which was first staged in 1990, is equally classic, maintaining a certain verve and resonance in the current, post-SB1070 world.

Told through a pair of kids living in the Deep South of the 1930s, the story observes the drama and comedy of small town life, and of one man’s attempts to overcome small-minded attitudes about African-Americans.

Thu., April 14, 7 p.m.; Fri., April 15, 7 p.m.; Sat., April 16, 7 p.m., 2011
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Robrt L. Pela has been a weekly contributor to Phoenix New Times since 1991, primarily as a cultural critic. His radio essays air on National Public Radio affiliate KJZZ's Morning Edition.
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