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BWW Review: AN INSPECTOR CALLS at ARTS Theatre Photo BWW Review: AN INSPECTOR CALLS at ARTS Theatre
by Barry Lenny - Aug 17, 2019

This was Priestley's indictment of the British class system and it is still relevant.

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG Comes to Theatre In The Park Photo CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG Comes to Theatre In The Park
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2019

Theatre in the Park opens the second outdoor production of its 50th season on Friday, June 21. Performances of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG continue Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23, and Wednesday, June 26th through Saturday, June 29th.

BWW Review: AN INSPECTOR CALLS: Gripping Revival Rings True Photo BWW Review: AN INSPECTOR CALLS: Gripping Revival Rings True
by Nancy Grossman - Mar 17, 2019

The U.S. tour of the National Theatre's multiple award-winning production of J.B. Priestley's classic thriller, AN INSPECTOR CALLS, presented by ArtsEmerson at Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre, features masterful direction by Stephen Daldry (who also directed the 1992 West End revival), Ian MacNeil's grand-scale set, spectacular design elements (lighting, sound, and music), as well as a sterling cast of British actors in the principal roles, making you feel as if you have crossed the pond and are in attendance at the venerable National Theatre. Written in 1945 at the end of World War II, Priestley set the action in the fictional town of Brumley, England, in 1912, when the winds of the Great War were in the offing, and these bookends provide a sociopolitical arc to the plot. Pitting the attitudes of the wealthy proponents of industrial capitalism against the socialist view of the needs of the working class, the play strikingly resonates with the current climate of privilege, income inequality, and #MeToo.

BWW Review: AN INSPECTOR CALLS at Chicago Shakespeare Theater Photo BWW Review: AN INSPECTOR CALLS at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
by Rachel Weinberg - Feb 22, 2019

AN INSPECTOR CALLS is a gripping theatrical experience from start-to-finish. Director Stephen Daldry's breathtaking revival of J.B. Priestley's 1946 thriller had its origins in 1992 and comes to Chicago Shakespeare Theater now as part of an international tour from the National Theatre of Great Britain. Though Daldry originally conceived of this staging decades ago and Priestly has set his play in 1912, this production possesses both a timeliness and a timelessness that make it deeply impactful now.

Review: AN INSPECTOR CALLS Offers an Episode of The Twilight Zone Wrapped in an Agath Photo Review: AN INSPECTOR CALLS Offers an Episode of The Twilight Zone Wrapped in an Agatha Christie Mystery
by Shari Barrett - Jan 31, 2019

AN INSPECTOR CALLS has been described in the Washington Post as, 'an episode of 'The Twilight Zone' wrapped in an Agatha Christie mystery,' and after seeing the show at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, I must say that about sums up the play for me. Running at almost two hours without an intermission, at first it seemed to be just a bunch of talking heads yelling loudly with strong British accents – that is until the end when a Rod Serling-like phone call delivers a twist that sets the whole thing into the realm of “what just really happened?”

BWW Review: AN INSPECTOR CALLS at Dolphin Theatre Photo BWW Review: AN INSPECTOR CALLS at Dolphin Theatre
by Monica Moore - Jun 23, 2018

Dolphin Theatre's An Inspector Calls is beautifully presented, illuminating the message of exploitation by those wrapped up within the walls of social status and money in an engaging and relevant piece.

Curtain to Rise This Fall on Campy Musical RUTHLESS! at OCTA Photo Curtain to Rise This Fall on Campy Musical RUTHLESS! at OCTA
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2017

OCTA is ready to sail into its new season on the wings of the musical spoof, Ruthless! Audiences can catch all the absurd fun of 'the stage mother of all musicals' September 15-October 1.

Photo Flash: Olathe Civic Theatre Association Opens 2017-18 Season with the Musical R Photo Photo Flash: Olathe Civic Theatre Association Opens 2017-18 Season with the Musical RUTHLESS!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2017

OCTA is ready to sail into its new season on the wings of the musical spoof, Ruthless! Audiences can catch all the absurd fun of the stage mother of all musicals September 15 October 1. This production comes with a bonus: two of the roles are double cast, so audiences will have the opportunity to see two sets of talented young actresses approach the same roles during the run.

Curtain to Rise This Fall on Campy Musical RUTHLESS! at OCTA Photo Curtain to Rise This Fall on Campy Musical RUTHLESS! at OCTA
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2017

OCTA is ready to sail into its new season on the wings of the musical spoof, Ruthless! Audiences can catch all the absurd fun of 'the stage mother of all musicals' September 15-October 1.

BWW Review: AN INSPECTOR CALLS, Playhouse Theatre, 10 November 2016
by Laura Jones - Nov 12, 2016

Director Stephen Daldry's production of J B Priestly's An Inspector Calls, was first seen 24 years ago at the National Theatre in 1992 and has finally returned to London's West End after a long UK tour.

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT Set for Theatre in the Park
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

Joseph and his band of 11 brothers will rock the stage at Theatre in the Park with the energetic musical 'JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT' opening Today night, July 15.

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT Set for Theatre in the Park
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2016

Joseph and his band of 11 brothers will rock the stage at Theatre in the Park with the energetic musical 'JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT' opening Friday night, July 15.

AN INSPECTOR CALLS Returns To The West End From November!
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2016

Stephen Daldry's multi award-winning production of JB Priestley's An Inspector Calls makes its much-anticipated return to the West End this winter. This will mark the 70th anniversary of the first UK staging of the play and the 25th anniversary of its first appearance at the National Theatre

BWW Review: AN INSPECTOR CALLS at Everyman Theatre - A Masterpiece of a Thriller
by Charles Shubow - Sep 21, 2015

An evening of theater you will long remember.

BWW Reviews: Priestley's Savage AN INSPECTOR CALLS Shows Continued Topicality At Everyman
by Jack L. B. Gohn - Sep 14, 2015

Inspector Goole (Chris Genebach), already knows the answers to all his questions, yet his method, bullying confirmatory confessions out of the family members, is great theater. Until the advent of the Cockney-accented Goole, the King's English-speaking Birlings mostly fancy themselves honorable, kind, and praiseworthy. In reality, they are the beneficiaries of a caste system which, as Priestley depicts it, is a citadel against the poor, whose poverty is an inevitable outcome of the rules that the caste in the citadel impose. Goole exposes the unsavory truths of this arrangement, destroying all the Birlings' illusions of innocence in the process - perhaps, though the play also makes clear how evergreen and hard-to-eradicate such illusions are.

BWW Reviews: AN INSPECTOR CALLS On Oyster Mill Playhouse
by Marakay Rogers - Jan 21, 2015

JB Priestley's classic social commentary that plays like a drawing room mystery is on stage at Oyster Mill.

U.K.'s AN INSPECTOR CALLS to Take SHAWSKANK'S Place at Wyndhams Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2009

Variety is reporting that The Stephen Daldry-helmed revival of his 1992 production of An Inspector Calls, currently running in a limited engagement at the Novello Theater in the West End, will transfer to Wyndhams Theater in early December for a 16-week run. This move will fill the gapfor the theater created by the early closing of The Shawshank Redemption, as previously announced.