From left, Kirk Lambert, Patricia Nicklin, and Shannon Labadie star in Little Theatre of Alexandria's The Haunting of Hill House/Photo by Matt Liptak
Just in time for Halloween comes The Haunting of Hill House now on stage at the Little Theatre of Alexandria with sounds, screeches, screams, poundings, and more rumblings like you have never heard before.
Sound designer Janice Rivera will surely receive a WATCH nomination for her work on this show which got its start 60 years ago as a novel by Shirley Jackson.
Since then, it has evolved into a radio series, a television series, two movies, and a play.
For the last century, Wikipedia calls Haunting one of the best literary ghost stories published and quotes Stephen King who describes it as one of the finest horror novels.
The Wall Street Journal said Ms. Jackson's book is "now widely regarded as the greatest haunted-house story ever written."
Is it any wonder that LTA chose it for the ghoulish season?
The exuberant and theatrical "Theodora" (Kathy Ohlhaber) (always in yellow) soon joins Eleanor in an elaborately decorated Victorian parlor (designed by Ken Brown and Peter Mumford with Luana Bossolo).
After pleasantries are exchanged, the ladies meet the men of this weird four pack, Dr. Montague (Bruce Alan Rauscher), who has called the group to order. He is accompanied by "Luke" (James Murphy) whose reason for being I could not quite determine, unless, partners?
Enter Dr. Montague's wife (Patricia Nicklin, always one of my fav actors at LTA) on the arms of another man (Kirk Lambert). (Relationships are left unspoken.)
Ms. Nicklin's sweeping gestures, white gloves, and exaggerated mannerisms add much needed"grandeur" and humor to this house party where the choking environment threatens the weakest and swallows whole those among them whose souls dive into inner selves (?).
If you let it, a house can overcome you. This house is not a home.
Adapted for the stage by F. Andrew Leslie.
Other crew members are Alan K. Wray, producer with Stacey Becker, also set painting designer; Cynthia Mullins, assistant director; Sherry Clarke and Donna Reynolds, stage managers; JK Lighting; Jodi LaCoe, properties; Susan Boyd, hair and makeup; Margaret Snow, wardrobe coordinator; and Russell Wyland, rigging.
What: The Haunting of Hill House
When: Now through November 9, 2019. Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. November 2 and 3 performances are sold out.
Where: Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Tickets: $21 to $24
Language rating: G. Youngsters will enjoy the sounds and environment but may find the story too difficult to follow.
Duration: About two hours with one 15-minute intermission
Public transportation: Check the Metro website.
Parking: On the streets and in many garages nearby. If Capital One Bank at Wilkes and Washington streets is closed, the bank's lot is open to LTA patrons at no charge.
For more information: 703-683-0496