Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Disappointing
About the Show
This raw tale of two attorneys whose lives are forever changed by a night of drunken celebration explores and exposes murky waters in a fraught case of "he said, she said" and asks us, "Is justice truly blind?"
From the show:
Internationally renowned trial lawyer John Paris plays to win, both in and out of court. For Karen Lukoff, John's young associate, losing has never been an option either. Together, they are a litigation juggernaut. John's nephew Dan Burks isn’t sure where he fits, if at all.
After a major lawsuit victory, John's firm celebrates the win as hard as they fought for it. In the drunken morning hours, left alone, John and Karen collide in a high-octane moment that will cause everyone—including the audience—to question what they know about desire, consent, winning, and losing.
"Dramatically shaky but topically pertinent...There’s definitely meat to chew on, given the play’s #MeToo relevance. The vivid details we hear regarding the physical nature of a rape themselves have intrinsic interest. But there are niggling questions about plausibility."
Score: 72% "What's surprising about 'MsTrial' is that it was written in 2002 and what is not surprising, unfortunately, is how familiar its circumstances seem. Lawyer-turned-actor Dep Kirkland wrote and stars in this production that measures the very sharp angles of a workplace triangle."