Local playwright Jeffrey Hatcher has given Henry James’s ghost story The Turn of the Screw a rewrite for the stage, and Torch Theater is producing it just in time for Halloween.
Critics find the show – which runs through October 27 at Minneapolis Theater Garage – subtle, powerful, and chilling.
Lindsay Marcy and Craig Johnson star in “The Turn of the Screw” at Minneapolis Theater Garage
Photo by Thomas Sandelands
This bravura “Turn of the Screw” crafts an atmosphere in which unseen and unspeakable horrors lurk around every corner. It’s a subtle and powerful production whose fear factor will linger long after the lights come up.
There’s none of the gore that modern horror stories depend on so desperately in lieu of depth. Instead, the tragic and terrifying heart of the secret unravels little by little, with unspeakable details left to our dangerously vivid imaginations. Like a novel, the show requires the audience to bring something to the party, engaging viewers on multiple levels.
The Turn of the Screw brings the scares, and lets a pair of talented actors chill the audience to the bone. What else can you ask for in the weeks leading to Halloween?
Have you seen Torch Theater’s production of “The Turn of the Screw?” What’s your review?