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Bristol Riverside Theatre, located at 120 Radcliffe Street, Bristol, Pa. is presenting a new twist on an old classic, Inherit The Wind through June 9. The large ensemble cast is a confluence of professional actors and Bucks County community members. The result is a courtroom drama that sends sparks flying and audience members longing to reach for fans as the battle heats up. Liz Filios, oft seen on Philadelphia area stages, does outstanding work as the conflicted Rachel Brown. She is not only the daughter of the town’s Reverend but is also the one-time girlfriend of the schoolteacher on trial for breaking the law by teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution. Stephen Novelli provides such a convincing performance of an ineffectual judge that the audience might forget that he is acting and mistake his performance for an unimpressive one. Michael McCarty provides a larger-than-life performance as Matthew Harrison Brady, prosecuting attorney with a direct pipeline to God. Not to be outdone, Keith Baker brings his wealth of talent to the production in his role of determined defense attorney, Henry Drummond. There are several children in this cast and it was my good fortune to see Vincent Crocilla on the stage again, portraying Timmy Blair. This show does not have a very long run; make sure you plan to get tickets quickly. For tickets or more information, call 215-785-0100 or visit online at brtstage.org.