“Disinherit the Wind’ Is one of the most compelling, riveting , spell binding shows to hit the stage in a very long time. A college professor Bertram Cates [masterfully portrayed by Matt Chait] takes a position not totally in compliance with the academic norm and is vilified. Eventually the matter winds its way into a court room and the scene is set for an overpowering melodrama of intellectual battle. The amazing detail with which the issues unfold on stage and before the court creates an experience that is truly unforgettable. Much of the credit goes to Matt Chait who not only wrote the play ‘Disinherit the Wind’ but who also brought the lead character Bertram Cates to life on stage along with another stellar performance from Circus-Szalewski as the more than a little arrogant Professor Hawkins.
The pivotal issue is the extent to which any level of spirituality plays a significant role in the character and advancement of man versus a belief solely in the Darwinian Theory of evolution and natural selection. This is somewhat rather weighty material and presented by a lesser cast could be a theatrical disaster. However the entire team presenting the world premiere of ‘Disinherit the Wind’ currently at the Ruby Theatre at the Complex in Hollywood, California is so unbelievably skilled that what appears to the audience in something a bit over two hours of utter intellectual and even emotional enchantment.
This is not just another play, this is something deeply extraordinary. It certainly is not yet another bizarre musical like ‘Les Miserable’ where soldiers are singing in the middle of a fire fight nor is it yet another possibly funny but typically witless comedy. ‘Disinherit the Wind’ is something utterly unique as it thoroughly captures the minds of everyone who watches as the story unfolds.
The only possible negative would be my observation that just maybe it could be shortened a wee bit. But then again doing so could damage the overall impact of the story. But that aside ‘Disinherit the Wind’ is one the most worthy and poignant plays to have ever been staged. It deserves ten stars but I am confined to maximum of but five.
But don’t just take my word for it, get over to The Ruby Theatre at the Complex, 6476 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90038 now and see for yourself what great theatre really is. It runs now through November 29th with shows Fridays and Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM and Sunday afternoon shows at 3:00 PM. Tickets are only $25 [just $15 for students and seniors] and reservations may be made by calling 323-960-4420.