“ I was born For this. I came into the world for this: To bear witness to the truth, and all who are on the side of truth listen to my voice.”

“Truth?” Said Pilate, “What is that?”

John 18:37

THE STAIRCASE is a limited series about the infamous death of Kathleen Pearson (Toni Collette.) This is not a “spoiler” since the case was plastered in every newspaper after it happened when the husband, Michael (Colin Firth), was indicted. All the salacious details were interwoven during the longest trials in Durham, North Carolina.  

THE STAIRCASE is a three-ring circus. The Pearson family was an extended group of stepbrothers and sisters. They all were emotional wrecks over their mother’s death and possible homicide. Michael was a famous writer and ran for public office. Everyone and anyone “knew” this family. The notoriety even reached France, where a documentary movie company came to the States to film every detail. They thought this case would help prove their thoughts on American justice. But, during the trial, people changed loyalties and caused even more havoc. 

The writing is superb. The entire ensemble pulls you in from the moment it begins. Colin’s devastation was sheer perfection. Truth and innuendo worked hand in hand. At times, the viewer would believe certain characters, only being crushed with lies after half-truths. The story travels back and forth in time seamlessly. At one point, facts are made clear and then later taken away. It was a roller coaster ride with outstanding actors such as: Parker Posey, Sophie Turner, Odessa Young, and Rosemarie DeWitt. 

THE STAIRCASE will not have a surprise ending if you know the story. Ahhh, but the journey makes this series super intriguing and demanding of your attention.

It is available to stream on HBO/MAX. 

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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