Terry Morgan – Stage Raw
When J. B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls premiered in 1945, its vivid dissection of the British social class system in the guise of an Agatha Christie–style mystery was appreciated as a modern classic. Nonetheless, in the following decades its drawing-room play format fell out of favor amidst a tide of naturalism. Director Stephen Daldry’s award-winning 1992 revival successfully reconfigured the show, with striking visuals and staging to match the conceptual audacity of the piece. The new revival of Daldry’s landmark National Theatre of Great Britain production is currently playing at the Wallis Annenberg Center, and it’s superb — if anything, more resonant now, in its cry for societal empathy, than it was in 1945.
Dany Margolies – The Daily News
With “An Inspector Calls,” director Stephen Daldry saddles up an old warhorse and turns it into a sleek, muscular triple-crown winner.
Now running through February 10