Rose's insight into the rudimentary workings of the jury system
stretches its tentacles far wider than this. It is an astute analysis
of democracy itself. Its strengths and weaknesses are assembled
on the stage. And under Harold Pinter's adroit direction, we eventually
forget the manipulative hand of the playwright."
Jack Tinker, The Daily Mail, 2 April 1996.
"Pinter's production not only manages to
keep the action fluid: it also points up the mania and muddle
of the average jury."
Michael Billington, The Guardian, 23 April
"Pinter deploys all the careful timing, stage-craft
and star power at his disposal to make the arguments of a dozen
men seem gripping and surprisingly funny."
Nick Curtis, The Evening Standard, 2 April
"Who would have thought that Harold Pinter,
the modern master of enigma and menace, would have chosen to direct
a trusty old war horse like this? We should, however, by glad
that he did"
Charles Spencer, The Daily Telegraph,
"No wonder it appeals to Pinter. Its dramatic
method is little like the plays he writes, but its values are
those to be found at the heart of Pinterism." Alastair Macaulay,
The Financial Times, 23 April 1996.