One Ghost Will Do: A Review of The Woman in Black at Royal George Theatre | Newcity Stage
RECOMMENDED I didn't shriek in fear—at least I hope I didn't—during "Woman in Black," but I had my share of gasps, starts, shudders and during the second act, an embarrassing, adrenaline-induced muscle spasm that ran from knee almost to shoulder. If this is your idea of holiday-time merriment, then by all means, see this two-man-plus-ghoul show, a touring version of a production that has run for almost thirty years in London. Based on the audience's explosive ovation, the play—directed by Robin Herford, who commissioned it back in the eighties—has traveled well. It's a break for playgoers weary of Dickens' "Christmas Carol," with its complicated four-ghost structure. "Woman in Black," adapted from Susan Hills' 1983 novel, has only one ghost, but it's a doozy. The play's less-than-watertight plot, set in a nonspecific era, is a pretext for ghastly shocks and spectral encounters in a classic haunted-house setting, complete with locked doors that spring open, chairs that rock themselves