Friday, August 12, 2011

Freaky Friday: The Woman in Black (play)

The Woman in Black is a a Gothic tale of haunting, isolation, and the need for redemption. As the theater guru who sold me the tickets said, "After seeing the show, you'll get a Woman in Black smile." Like the Mona Lisa, it's a grin of those who know her secret.
I had the privilege of attending this play while vacationing in England with my husband and brother. It has been running at the Fortune Theater in London's Westminster area for the past twenty years.
The show features only two actors - Patrick Drury and Antony Eden - and a minimal amount of props. The older man, known as Arthur Kipps, is haunted by the memory of the time he spent in a rural English town years ago. Everywhere he goes, every night he sees the Woman in Black. He employs the younger man, known only as "the actor", to help him tell the story and purge himself of the haunting memories.
In 2012, a movie version will be released starring Daniel Radcliffe. I hope that the Harry Potter star can live up to the role. After seeing him on Broadway's Equus, I know he's got the stage chops. But can he bring the stage to film? We'll have to wait and see.
This one gets the highest rating possible. From the acting to the sound effects to the simple use of the props and backdrops, everything is brilliantly rendered to create a full theatrical experience. If you are in London, run, don't walk to see this play.

Rating: A+++


  1. I have to admit, I've never seen a play! Unfortunately I live in such an isolated rural area that we're over a hundred miles from any town with a theater. Sometime I'm going to have to make a trip to go see one though!

  2. You come visit me in NY and we will definitely see a Broadway play. It should be on everyone's bucket list. ;-)

  3. I'm so jealous that you're in NYC and can see a Broadway show anytime you like. :)

    The last one I saw was the Lion King but I'd LOVE to see Avenue Q - if it's even still playing these days. :)

    Great review!! Can't wait to see both this movie and Daniel Ratcliffe in the theaters!

  4. Thanks Melinda. Offer stands for you too. Come and visit me! We will go see Avenue Q. It is playing in an Off Broadway theater. One of the very first lines in the show had me cracking up... "What can you do with a BA in English?"

  5. wife and oldest son recently returned from a trip to NYC, where they caught "Mary Poppins" on stage, and loved it.

    Next time I'll be clearing my calendar and tagging along ;)


  6. Hi Elliot! Broadway is a tremendous experience. A good play can grab you out of your seat and pull you on stage. I haven't seen "Mary Poppins" yet, but it's definitely on the list. If you have a chance to visit NYC, don't miss out.

    My secret...You can get discount tickets for same day performances through TKTS booths. :)