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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 11 2014

Shirley Jackson's enigmatic 1959 novel is in part a postmodern spin on the gothic ghost story tradition and in part a semiautobiographical account of a neurotic woman's mental disintegration. It's about a group of people exploring supernatural phenomena in a mysterious mansion; among them is Eleanor, a guilt-ridden spinster with a history of paranormal encounters. Audiences looking for conventional shocks and horror won't find them in Jackson's book, or in director-playwright Paul Edwards's faithful new adaptation for City Lit Theater. But Edwards and his fine cast and design team capture the brooding menace and dark humor of Jackson's classic book; Julia Kessler is excellent as Eleanor, for whom the visit to Hill House is an alluring and threatening emotional homecoming. Edwards has also created the show's wonderfully spooky sound design, which goes a long way toward drawing the viewer into Eleanor's eerie inner world. Albert Williams

Price: $25-$29


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