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We Have Always Lived in the Castle Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through April 1 2012

Shirley Jackson's 1962 novel unfolds from the point of view of 18-year-old Merricat Blackwood, the ne plus ultra of unreliable narrators. She lives in a rambling manse with her sister Constance and their uncle Julian—sole survivors of a family poisoning for which the town blames them even though Constance was tried and acquitted. When an avaricious cousin shows up, a series of cataclysms follow. Sturdy as it is, Paul Edwards's adaptation doesn't always manage the narrative shifts between showing and telling. But as director, Edwards orchestrates a growing sense of sorrow and clammy unease, and the central performances—especially wide-eyed Elise Walter as Merricat and Kingsley Day as addled, waspish Julian—add pungent dashes of Jackson's mordant humor to this grim fairy tale. —Kerry Reid

Price: $18-$25


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