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Inherit the Wind should be moving debate; the Alley makes it one-sided argument

There are few theatrical warhorses as sturdy as Inherit the Wind; it's become a special favorite of history and literature teachers, who respond to the quest for new ideas the play celebrates. But its inevitable preachiness and the accompanying sludge of rhetoric tend to make it less successful on-stage than on the printed page. The most promising theatrical appeal of Inherit the Wind is in the pleasure of a good argument. And in the Alley's version, that element is far too difficult to glean.

Inherit the Wind plays through November 16 at the Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Avenue, 228-8421.

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