The Woman in Black | The Charnel House | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 12 2009
Phone: 504-481-3543
Price: $15
Staged ghost stories can easily cross a line into camp. But Wishbone Theatre Collective does a bang-up job with Stephen Mallatratt's clever adaptation of a 1983 novel by Susan Hill--the London production of which has been running for 20 years. Mallatratt tells the main story, about a solicitor traveling to a remote corner of England on business, essentially in flashback--as a performance the solicitor, Arthur Kipps, gives with an actor hired to play him. The script natters on a bit, but Vincent Truman and John Mark Sawyer deliver the rich language with shivery nuance and believable British accents, Truman playing characters of all ages and classes. Laurie Jones's minimalist staging takes full advantage of the venue, a former funeral home. --Laura Molzahn



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