The latest production at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, the Tony Award®-Winning Drama, An Inspector Calls, is a spectacle that will have you in its grips from beginning to end.
Running nonstop without any breaks for 90 minutes, the psychological thriller really does play the whodunnit feel to perfection as time literally flies by. Think along the lines of Clue where each character has a story to tell. Yet, even compiling those stories, the mysteries probably won’t unravel until the very end for you. I pretty much had my brain on overdrive collecting numerous ideas throughout the performance and still I couldn’t foresee how things would play out. But, as the narrative states, “The greatest secrets are often hidden in the most unlikely places.”
An Inspector Calls begins as an inspector mysteriously arrives at the home of the affluent Birling family and quickly turns their intimate dinner party upside down. Inspector Goole badgers each family member regarding the death of a young woman, but each denies knowing her. Will the inspector get to the bottom of the mystery or will secrets remain?
The great thing about this story is by the show’s end, you come away with so much more than a solved case, but instead a sense of how little things while trivial may serve a large purpose. It’s important to be responsible for one another.
Led by a fantastic ensemble where each actor and actress really had their moments to shine, An Inspector Calls is a must see for the season. The British accents were spot on as well as all the nuisances of the esteemed upper class. I really couldn’t believe how well they played off each other and I didn’t want it to end, especially the antics of the over-the-top mother, Sybil, played Angie Radosh, and the coming undone character Sheila played by Charlotte Bydwell. Their mannerisms along with the rest of the cast will have your jaws drop throughout the show.
Written by English dramatist J. B. Priestley, the play was first performed in 1945 in the Soviet Union and in 1946 in the United Kingdom, followed by a Broadway run from 1947 to 1948. One of Priestley’s best known works, An Inspector Calls is considered to be one of the classics of mid-20th century English theatre. The play’s success and reputation has been boosted in recent years by a successful revival at the National Theatre in 1992, followed by a Tony Award®-winning Broadway transfer in 1994 and a subsequent tour in 2011 and 2012.
Directed by multiple Carbonell Award-winning South Florida director J. Barry Lewis (whose recent work at the Theatre includes Disgraced, Frost/Nixon, Glengarry Glen Ross, Dial M for Murder and Doubt: A Parable), the play featured a cast of 12 acclaimed actors, including James Andreassi as Inspector Goole (seen on numerous regional stages across the U.S.), Rob Donohoe as family patriarch Arthur Birling (last seen in the Theatre’s Carbonell Award-winning production of Glengarry Glen Ross) and Angie Radosh as matriarch Sybil (last seen in the Theatre’s productions of Other Desert Cities and a Carbonell Award-winning performance in Cabaret).
The cast also features Charlotte Bydwell as the Birlings’ eldest child Sheila (known for performances at the Old Globe, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Virginia Stage Company), Cliff Burgess as their youngest child Eric (last seen in the Theatre’s productions of Glengarry Glen Ross and Other Desert Cities) and Jeremy Webb as Sheila’s fiancé Gerald Croft (last seen in the Theatre’s production of Sleuth, in addition to extensive regional and off-Broadway credits).
An Inspector Calls explores the capitalistic nature of society, the hypocrisy of the Victorian and Edwardian eras and examines the role of the individual and their responsibility to their fellow man.”
The production will showcase the artistry of a host of talented designers, including scenic designer Victor Becker (known locally for Billy and Me, The Cripple of Inishmaan and The History Boys at Palm Beach Dramaworks; as well as Ward 57, Dirty Business and Black Sheep at Florida Stage), lighting designer Kirk Bookman (Hairspray, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Glengarry Glen Ross), costume designer Tracy Dorman (Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, Agatha Christie: The Mousetrap), fight choreographer Lee Soroko (Disney Newsies the Musical, Disgraced Kiss Me, Kate, Les Misérables, Dial M for Murder and Sleuth), dialect coach Jennifer Burke (Disney Newsies The Musical, Me and My Girl, The Audience, Billy Elliot The Musical, Fiddler On the Roof and Lost in Yonkers) and Carbonell Award-winning resident sound designer Marty Mets.
An Inspector Calls is sponsored by Jodie and Dan Hunt and the Roy A. Hunt Foundation and Priscilla Heublein.
The show will be at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre until February 18t, but get your tickets soon as the show continues to sell out.
Single tickets for An Inspector Calls start at $58; for showtimes, tickets and additional information, call (561) 575-2223 or visit www.jupitertheatre.org. For more information on bringing your group to the Theatre, contact community relationships ambassador Cheryl McDermott at (561) 972-6117.
About the Maltz Jupiter Theatre
The not-for-profit Maltz Jupiter Theatre has become one of Florida’s preeminent professional theatres, committed to production and education through its collaborations with local and national artists. Currently the state’s largest award-winning regional theatre, the Theatre draws 100,000 people annually, serves a subscription base of more than 8,000 and has world-class classroom facilities in support of its Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts, which serves hundreds of youth and adults. The Theatre is a member of the prestigious League of Resident Theatres and has earned numerous Carbonell Awards, South Florida’s highest honor for artistic excellence, including the prestigious Bill Von Maurer Award for Theatrical Excellence. For more information about the Theatre’s upcoming shows and Conservatory, visit www.jupitertheatre.org or call the box office at (561) 575-2223.