Thursday February 6, 2014 / 8:00pm (Preview)Inherit the Wind
Special General Admission
How was your experience?
Let me start by saying that we attended a preview, so things may improve significantly going forward. That's the purpose of previews. The cast was lively, most parts were well played, and the theatre was delightful. The William Jennings Bryan character was totally believable and well rehearsed. I wish I could say as much for the Clarence Darrow character. While the latter was perfectly typecast and mostly good, he just didn't seem quite ready for prime time. His are the really important lines of this play and he really needs to have them on the tip of his tongue and make them stick. The play is as relevant today as it was when I first saw it in 1966 (a year after it was written), but it just doesn't seem as fresh after nearly 50 years. Perhaps the difference is that most educated people now accept the validity of evolution and/or accept that science should be taught in public schools without religious constraint. When interviewing for a job teaching science in a Catholic high school in the '90's, I was told by the school's principal that I could teach the science, including Galileo's problems with the Church, as I saw fit -- a long way from the situation depicted in the play. By the way, I read that the Tennessee law the teacher was prosecuted under wasn't changed until 1967.