‘An Inspector Calls’ Challenges the Morals of the Bourgeois – Review

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An Inspector Calls‘ Challenges the Morals and Ethics of the Bourgeois in this Chilling Play performed by The American Coast Theater Company.

The American Coast Theater Company’s presentation of J.B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls at the Lyceum Theater on Vanguard University’s campus is a mesmerizing exploration of suspense and revelation. As the story unfolds like a slow burn, each twist and turn captivates the audience, holding us spellbound from start to finish. Set against a beautifully staged black backdrop, the production immerses us in the intimate world of the Birling family’s engagement party, where every detail feels meticulously crafted.

At its heart, ‘An Inspector Calls‘ scrutinizes the Birling family’s aspirations to elevate their bourgeois status into the aristocracy through the marriage of Sheila Birling to Gerald Croft. Director Connor Berkompas skillfully guides the cast in bringing Priestley’s characters to life with depth and nuance. Ryan Miller commands the stage as Inspector Goole, his presence both authoritative and enigmatic, while Linda Sutera delivers a standout performance as Mrs. Birling, revealing layers of conflict and morality beneath her poised exterior.

Throughout the performance, the house lights strongly illuminate the audience, creating a shared experience that makes us feel like invited guests witnessing the unfolding drama firsthand. This unique staging choice enhances the intimacy of the production, allowing us to mirror the characters’ emotions and revelations as they navigate their moral dilemmas and familial tensions.

Berkompas’s direction not only revitalizes this classic whodunit but also underscores Priestley’s timeless message of societal responsibility. The clarity and resonance of the production resonate deeply, leaving a profound impact on Orange County theatergoers.

An Inspector Calls‘ is more than a play; it’s an immersive journey that surprises, challenges, and moves its audience.

Visit The American Coast Theater Company’s official website for future shows next season at americancoasttheater.com.

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Summary

An Inspector Calls‘ in a chilling story with a twist ending of what people will do in order to climb to social ladder while burying their demons in the basement.

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