Review: ‘Murder in the First’ consistently smart

June 7, 2012 • Entertainment

This theater publicity image released by Karen Greco Public Relations shows Larisa Polonsky, left, and Guy Burnet during a performance of “Murder in the First,” in New York. (AP Photo/Karen Greco Public Relations, Carol Rosegg)

NEW YORK (AP) — The two characters at the center of Dan Gordon’s engrossing play “Murder in the First” — a frightfully off-kilter murderer and his lawyer — are as unlikely a pair of heroes as they are friends.

Yet the natural chemistry and watchable demeanor of the actors who play the odd couple make this 1940s courtroom drama, which opened Wednesday at off-Broadway’s 59E59 Theaters, thoroughly enjoyable.

Chad Kimball plays Willie Moore, a youthful petty criminal who, because of an attempted prison break, is transferred to the notorious federal penitentiary on Alcatraz Island. After a second escape attempt, the Login to read more

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