If you hurry, you will still have time to catch the final performance of the Teen Premiere of J.P. Priestley's classic mystery play, "An Inspector Calls." There is a performance this evening at 8:00 at the Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Black Box Theatre.
Since their founding in 2011, Boston Teen Acting Troupe has amassed a very solid reputation for providing teen actors and creatives who are serious about theater opportunities to hone their skills in front of live audiences. This production has all of the earmarks of a solid professional production. In less capable hands, this Edwardian era mystery could come off as dated and dusty. In the capable hands of Director Catherine Spino, this fine acting troupe handle this period piece in very nuanced ways that make the play lively and its themes timely.
The set is elegant and precise, as designed by Molly Porter. Lighting by Alex Fetchko, Costumes, Hair and Make-Up by Neil Fortin, Sound Design by Jack Serio and Dialect Coaching by Danny Bryck all add to the strong impression that we have been ushered into the very proper dining salon of a very proper aristocratic British family as they as finishing their meal with a toast to their daughters upcoming very proper nuptials. In the midst of the toasts and celebration, a stranger calls who identifies himself as a Police Inspector. Complications ensue!
The cast that Ms. Spino has assembled is universally excellent. In almost every case, the audience soon forgets the actor's chronological age, and settles into seeing each cast member as the age of the character they are portraying in the play. A bit of gray hair helps in the case of Jack Serio, as pater familias Arthus Birling, but even more impressive are his physical movements, gestures, verbal tics and idiosyncrasies that are characteristic of a man of the world who has been around the block a few times and sees himself as a force to be reckoned with and not to be trifled with.
The rest of the cast shines, as well.
- Garrett Sager as Gerald Croft
- Barbara Woodall as Sheila Birling
- Olivia Hayhurst as Sybil Birling
- Jordan Underwood as Edna
- Sam Vita as Eric Birling
- Brendan Caulfield as Inspector Goole.
|Jack Serio as Arthur Birling, |
Sam Vita as Eric Birling,
Barbara Woodall as Sheila Birling
and Olivia Hayhurst as Sybil Birling
(Source:Julia Budde Photography)