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The text itself was sometimes technical and dense, though Lithgow’s passionate reading as Olson in closing arguments cut through much of the legalese and the audience cheered and clapped.

In an earlier interview, Black, who penned the Academy-Award winning feature film “Milk,” said he wasn’t worried if the trial video was one day made available, saying most Americans wouldn’t have the patience to watch the dozens of hours of testimony. He also thought his play might act as a guide to editing the footage.



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