Stage Fright

In a world of hi-tech horror, can a minimalist theater production unnerve audiences? Everyman troupe thinks so.

January 16, 2008|By Mary Carole McCauley | Mary Carole McCauley,Sun theater critic

Actress Megan Anderson stands on the Everyman Theatre stage in almost total darkness, wearing an ankle-length, black, Victorian dress and cloak. A spotlight illuminates her prominent cheekbones, forehead and nose, creating the illusion of a skull.

Beneath the soles of our feet, the people in the audience feel the reverberations of a deep bass, and in the music is a detectable thump-THUMP! thump-THUMP! It's reminiscent of the amplified noise our heartbeats make when we are very frightened.

If you go The Turn of the Screw runs tonight through Feb. 24 at Everyman Theatre, 1727 N. Charles St. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 2 p.m., 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $22-$39. Call 410-752-2208 or go to everymantheatre.org.

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