Review “The Woman in Black” (Royal George Theatre): Thrills and Chills

Thursday, January 24, 2019 Permalink 0

Reviewed by Jay Worthington

The American Premiere of the Original London West End production of THE WOMAN IN BLACK is presented by PW Productions and Pemberley Productions.

Currently playing on the wonderful main stage of the Royal George Theatre, The Woman in Black is a throwback to simpler times when lights, sound, and suspense were all one needed for a good scare.

Cleveland Play House The Woman in Black Susan Hill Photo by Roger Mastroianni

Using many of the same tricks used in the original 1987 production, director Robin Herford does a tremendous job crafting the thrills and chills one expects from a horror story. A young lawyer has been charged with the task of wrapping up the affairs of some lady who just died and wouldn’t you know it but there is something a bit off about the dead lady’s house.

Cleveland Play House The Woman in Black Susan Hill Photo by Roger Mastroianni

As is customary in small towns, the kindly townspeople warn our intrepid lawyer about this terrifying house yet Arthur is unmoved and proceeds on his merry way determined to wrap up the estate’s affairs regardless. I shan’t reveal any more of the story for fear of spoiling your fright, but this production is well worth your time.

Cleveland Play House The Woman in Black Susan Hill Photo by Roger Mastroianni

Performed by Bradley Armacost and Adam Wesley Brown

At Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted

Based on Susan Hill’s novel

Adapted for stage by Stephen Mallatratt

Directed by Robin Herford

Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30pm

Sundays at 2:30pm

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