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Finely-tuned cast fuels drawing room thriller at Laurel Mill Playhouse

Finely-tuned cast fuels drawing room thriller at Laurel Mill Playhouse

The chill in the air at Laurel Mill Playhouse has little to do with the change of season as the theater presents the 20th-century drawing room thriller, “An Inspector Calls,” by British dramatist J. P. Priestley (1894-1984).

The controversial playwright is recognized for introducing socialist political commentary and the use of time slips as plot devices in his works. Of the more than 50 plays Priestley penned, this show — a fierce critique of Victorian high society — is considered his best known.

Produced first in Russia in 1945 and then in the United Kingdom, the show was adapted to film and for BBC television and radio. English director Stephen Daldry’s revival of the...