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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 23 2017

Into designer John Wilson’s extraordinary immersive set—the Den’s tiny black box transformed into a jewel-box Victorian theater fallen into grotesque desuetude—Wildclaw Theatre inserts a rather ordinary ghost story. Based on Susan Hill’s 1983 faux-gothic novel, the story follows Mr. Kipps, a British solicitor hired to sort out the estate of a deceased recluse who lived in an eccentric house surrounded by gloomy marshes and possibly inhabited by a vengeful ghost. Steven Mallatratt’s 1987 stage adaptation (the second-longest-running play in West End history) frontloads the tale with heavy metatheatrical clutter, so it’s hardly surprising director Elly Green’s measured production doesn’t start gathering steam until the midway point. But once it does, her theatrical restraint starts paying off. Who knew a simple scrim could be put to such creepy effect? —Justin Hayford

Price: $25, $20 students and seniors


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