A tough time getting at the truth

Theater review

January 23, 2008|By Mary Carole McCauley | Mary Carole McCauley,sun theater critic

As I watched Everyman Theatre's production of The Turn of the Screw, I couldn't help thinking about the infamous McMartin Preschool case and the way that the most well-intentioned, pure-hearted adults can instill false - and immensely damaging - memories into susceptible children.

The McMartin case involved the six-year prosecution of the proprietors of a California day-care center in the 1980s, and focused on allegations of Satanic rituals and the sexual abuse of young children. No convictions were obtained, and one of the alleged victims later recanted his testimony.

If you go

The Turn of the Screw runs tonight through Feb. 24 at Everyman Theatre, 1727 N. Charles St. Showtimes vary. Tickets cost $22-$39. Call 410-752-2208 or go to everymantheatre.org.

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