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The Turn of the Screw

 

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A Turn of the Screw is a compelling enactment of an old ghost story by Henry James staged to startle and scare at any hour of the day. This play follows The Governess as she takes into her care two young children at a large manor home in the country. Soon we discover things are not as fine as they seem, and the circumstances begin to cast shadows in the most unlikely places. This flawless performance was presented with such strength and conviction, encouraging a rigid attentiveness from the whole audience and moments of true fear. The acting was a highlight and a pleasure to watch as it narrated the story just as well as the words themselves. Reviewed by Jessamyn Stewart.
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4.5/ 5


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28 total ratings

 

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  • 11:30 pm - 2017/08/17
  • 12:00 pm - 2017/08/19
  • 6:45 pm - 2017/08/21
  • 4:15 pm - 2017/08/23
  • 7:15 pm - 2017/08/25
  • 2:00 pm - 2017/08/26



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6 Reviews


  1.  
    Christian

    This play is absolutely fantastic! It’s got the wisdom and banter of Gilmore Girls but set in Victorian England with a pinch of Stephen King’s eerie ju-ju. 10/10 would recommend it’ll keep you on the edge of your seat (which is probably best because the seats aren’t the most comfy, cushions advised folks)




  2.  
    Katelyn

    Who doesn’t love a good ghost story? TTOTS doesn’t disappoint. A taut thriller with a complex and edgy script that keeps you on the edge of your seat…especially during the creepy bits! Fantastic performances by both leads, but special recognition to Darrell Portz, who plays a plethora of characters throughout the show and commits solidly to each one. Go see this if you’re in the mood for some good old fashioned haunted manor tales!




  3.  
    Chris

    Wow! This show was great. It is a great representation of the Henry James nove, which I read or so many years ago. The acting was stellar. Shanni Pinkerton was a roller coster of emotions as the story progressed. Darrell Portz plays a number of characters so convincingly – from an uncle to a young boy to the Irish maid. Both actors we very well suited for their parts and the play kept me on the edge of my seat. So well done. You must see this show. Can I only give 5 stars?




  4.  
    Wylee

    It was incredible! The talent in this show is just amazing! Delivery and energy was impeccable. Amazingly written script, beautiful costumes and fantastic lighting. It’s fast paced, quick witted, and a complex plot that just takes you right in. Loved it, see it!!!




  5.  
    Brady Sylvester

    It’s a bare-bones set, but what could be better for a ghost story than bare bones. The play itself is a journey, and Shanni Pinkerton, as The Woman, carries the emotional and psychological baggage on her back with the aplomb of a Sherpa, while Darrell Portz, as The Man, switches from character to character, providing Shanni with the sure footing needed to see the tale to the summit.




  6.  
    J

    Both the actors showed a great range of emotion, with Shanni demonstrating great swings in The Governess’s emotional state and mental well-being, punctuated alongside abrupt shifts between pleasantries and aggressive paranoia. Darrel portrays Mrs. Grose, Miles, and the man (uncle) and despite his playing the three separate characters I was never left wondering who Darrel was portraying, with each character having their own stark mannerisms, accents, and wit.

    The costumes are period and looked fantastic and the lighting was on point setting the thoughts of forestry, blue skies or lake. The stage is simple and used well to help build the belief of different areas of the house. The script keeps a strong, steady pace and will keep you engaged with the story’s progression; even with the play time of 75 minutes, the show seemed much shorter because of how fluid everything came together and the great work of the actors and lighting crew pulling you into the world. If you’re into horror and suspense (and even if you’re not) I can definitely recommend “The Turn of the Screw.”





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