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Inherit the Wind -- Tin Roof Theatre

By Brandy Lee


Fargo, ND – In the 30-second-news-cycle world we wake up in every day, we have fewer and fewer opportunities to see a classic stage piece produced with sincerity. Our increasing appetite for new and improved and different and faster creates an impatience with genuine, and we enjoy the snarky cleverness that cynicism breeds.

If you can, set aside your cleverness. Allow what you see to be believed, and enjoy the theatre performance before it became editorialized and painted with broad strokes for the subtlety-impaired. Then, you will enjoy the performance of Inherit the Wind, produced by the Tin Roof Theatre Company at the FMCT.

This production of Lawrence and Lee's classic work based on the 1925 Scopes monkey trial suffers from a lack of design and technical development. Still, the piece is performed with honesty and dedication to the script. Particularly interesting to watch is Larry Schwartz as E.K. Hornbeck, the jaded big-city newspaper reporter covering the trial. Schwartz's natural stage presence and ease with his character provide some of the best moments of the production. Lisa Marchand is convincing as Rachel Brown, and Charles Newman in the smarmy, small town southern mayor role is just too good!

Established in 2005 with a mission to entertain, enrich and educate, Tin Roof Theatre Company fills the classics niche of theatre in the FM area, producing standards such as Death of a Salesman, Arsenic and Old Lace and A Moon for the Misbegotten. With the ever -increasing children's theatre programming and contemporary offerings, it's good to see and hear the classics, and rediscover the drama that draws us to them. The powerful words that require no special effects or gimmicks are still eloquent and interesting, if we are able to listen.

Tin Roof Theatre Company's Inherit the Wind runs through Sunday at the Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre.

I'm Brandy Lee.