UPDATE: If you want to see the Halloween dinner theater production of The Woman in Black at The Keep you have to get your tickets today by 5 PM.
Last night's show was spooky and fun. If you love Wuthering Heights or any other eerie old-timey book/BBS television series, you'll dig this. Your last chance to see it is Halloween, this Thu., Oct. 31. The night starts with a dinner at 6 PM followed by a presentation of The Woman in Black. $50. Call 406.728.7529 or visit mctinc.org for ticket info by 5 PM today.
I've been searching for some of the most terrifying ghost stories in existence. The ones told best under a blanket with just a flashlight. Or inside an abandoned building, huddled around a jug of Carlo Rossi. You know The Golden Arm where the storyteller says, "Have you seen my golden arm. Have you seen MY GOLDEN ARM?" Over and over before grabbing the person next to them and yelling, "You've got it!" Or the story of the singing bone. Or one of the Grimm's Fairytales where young children have been murdered and buried in the yard, only to come back to haunt the perpetrator. I don't think I made that one up.
In any case, tonight you can get lost in a fantastic ghost story called The Woman in Black, when you head down to the Zootown Arts Community Center for the 7:30 PM show. The play, directed by Andy Meyers, is an Out of the Box Production from MCT inc. It's a version of the novella by Susan Hill. In the original story, a young lawyer tries to put a deceased old woman's affairs in order at a place called Nine Lives Causeway, which is surrounded by marshes and the sea. High tide isolates the estate, ominously called the Eel Marsh House. (I would never go there, would you? But poor sods from stories always do foolish things.) There is a woman in black who wonders the place, and for a long time we know nothing of who she is. In the play version, the audience gets to hear the whole story told from the lawyers point-of-view, years later, in a story-within-a-story scenario.
As with any ghost tale, you must get yourself in the mood. This is a good one. It'll get you in the spirit of the season.
The show, we are told, is not for children.
The Woman in Black shows at the Zootown Arts Community Center tonight, Oct. 27, and again at The Keep, Oct. 31, at 7:30 PM both nights. The performance at the Keep includes a 6 PM dinner. call 406.728.7529 or visit mctinc.org for ticket info.