A Downton Abbey Whodunnit Comes to Good Theater in AN INSPECTOR CALLS
Good Theater continues its 16th season with J.B. Priestley's award-winning An Inspector Calls, opening November 1 and playing through November 26 at Good Theater's home, the St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress Street, Portland. Contact the box office at 207-835-0895 or go the company's website, www.goodtheater.com to purchase tickets.
An Inspector Calls stars Thomas Ian Campbell, James Noel Hoban*, Christopher Holt, Heather Elizabeth Irish, Meredith Lamothe,Tony Reilly and Amy Roche. The production is directed by Brian P. Allen, Good Theater's Executive & Artistic Director. Steve Underwood has designed the period set and Justin Cote provides the period costumes. Iain Odlin is the lighting designer, Michael Lynch is the production stage manager, Craig Robinson is the technical director and Cheryl Dolan is the scenic artist and props artisan.
An Inspector Calls is set in 1912 at the wealthy home of the Birlings who are celebrating the engagement of their daughter and her intended. The unexpected arrival of a police inspector throws the family into chaos as one by one they are implicated in the death of a girl. This taught thriller will keep audiences on the edge of their seats.
An Inspector Calls has won more awards than any other play in history. It was first presented in the Soviet Union in 1945. It then appeared in London's West End (1946) and Broadway followed soon after (1947). In 1992, England's National Theatre revived the play to great acclaim in a production directed by Stephen Daldry. That production was produced on Broadway where it won the Tony Award for Best Revival. A version of that production has continued to tour showing up regularly in the West End. Several tv versions have been presented and a movie adaptation was made in 1954.
Director Brian P. Allen, "I knew I wanted to do this show the first time I encountered the script. I also knew that the time had to be right for a production. The time is right!" When asked to elaborate on that statement Allen responded, "We are living in a unique time in history. This play breaks down the barriers of class, money and politics to remind us of the importance of caring for your fellow humans. It is a crackling good story, and I love a good story! A Downton Abbey whodunnit!"
Performances are Wednesdays at 7:00 ($25), Thursdays at 7:00 ($25), Fridays at 7:30 ($25), Saturdays at 3:00 & 7:30 ($32) and Sundays at 2:00 ($32). No performance on Wednesday November 22 or Thursday November 23 because of Thanksgiving.