“THE WOMAN IN BLACK” IS SET TO CHILL YOUR HEART

By Bonnie Goldberg

If you subscribe to the school of thought that there’s nothing like sitting around a campfire eating a marshmallow s’more or welcoming in the Halloween holiday by telling a good ghost story, then the Ivoryton Playhouse has just the spooky play for you.

 

“The Woman in Black” by Stephen Mallatratt, based on the novel by Susan Hill, will be raising the hairs on the back of your neck and arms and even legs until Sunday, November 20.

 

The faint of heart please be advised that nightmares could occur after you witness the tale Arthur Kipps (Steven L. Barron) tells in an old Victorian theater to the actor (Ian Lowe) he hires. Kipps has been rightfully haunted by what happened to him when he encountered a shadowy figure of a woman cloaked in black with a wasted and disturbing face.

 

By having an actor help him reenact the story, Kipps hopes that he can rid himself of the haunting and resume his life. The pair don a variety of jackets, coats, scarves and hats as they take on all the parts of the saga, following a young attorney who has been assigned to examine the estate papers of a Mrs. Alice Drablow who has just died at the age of 87.

 

The tale begins at 9:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve after the family has enjoyed a holiday meal and is at peace. Terrible things begin to happen in the midst of the festivities and Kipps cannot carry the burden of them any longer.

 

Enter the fog and mist of any good ghost story, and let the exorcism begin. The lawyer crosses water, sandbar, and marshes to enter the isolated island house, the Eel Marsh House, of Mrs. Drablow where mysterious things go bumping in the night. While reviewing her papers, unexplainable events occur, manifesting themselves in the house, the cemetery and in the old church yard. The men do a fine job creating an aura of mystery and illusion of mayhem, under the skilled direction of Maggie McGlone Jennings.

 

For tickets ($40, seniors $35, students $20, children $15), call the Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street, Ivoryton at 860-767-7318 or online at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org.  Performances are Wednesday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

 

Discover what is behind a mysterious locked door after you take a frightening ride on a pony and trap. Proceed at your own risk. “The Woman in Black” has been playing at London’s West End for two decades, the second longest running play in West End history after “The Mousetrap.” Watch for the 2012 release of the movie starring Daniel Radcliffe as the unfortunate attorney, Arthur Kipps.

 

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