Exceptional integrity distinguishes “Parade” in Fullerton. The company 3-D Theatricals attains a rarefied level of artistry with this arresting, beautifully appointed take on Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry’s Tony-winning 1998 account of the notorious Leo Frank trial in 1913 Atlanta.
Combining the intimately revised 2007 Donmar Warehouse version (seen at the Mark Taper Forum in 2009) with the larger scope of Harold Prince’s epic Vivian Beaumont staging, director T.J. Dawson, choreographer Dana Solimando and musical director David Lamoureux approach the fact-based property and its complex themes -- anti-Semitism, legal malfeasance and political expediency among them -- with uncompromising conviction.
Given the rangy demands of Uhry’s febrile libretto and Brown’s eclectic score, the skill on display is imposing, from the “Old Red Hills of Home” prologue onward.The designs are Broadway-worthy, Tom Buderwitz’s sprawling set, Jean-Yves Tessier’s rich lighting and Shon LeBlanc’s detailed costumes serving the narrative’s tonal shifts and inexorable tragic course.
So does the fine, fervent ensemble, centered by remarkable leads Jeff Skowron as accused Leo Frank and Caitlin Humphreys as his wife, Lucille, their multifaceted performances properly peaking at the climactic “All the Wasted Time.”