Yesterday we went to our first Sunday matinee – Inherit the Wind at The Old Vic. The play, written in 1955 by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee uses the 1925 Scopes ‘Monkey’ Trial as a metaphor for the McCarthy hearings. It is strange to watch it now, when the ‘debate’ between Darwinists and proponents of Intelligent Design is as hot as it was in the twenties.
The production is slick, the performances are eminently watch-able (David Troughton and Kevin Spacey are the stars) and the play keeps you engaged with its big debate balanced by witty lines. I have to say though, that Saturday’s play felt more vital and, on balance, was more enjoyable.