Are you in the mood for an eerie theater experience this October? Or something just a bit disturbing? If so, then you won’t want to miss The Arena Players Repertory Theatre Company’s performance of Veronica’s Room by Ira Levin. Directed by Fred DeFeis, this perfectly chilling play is just in time for the Halloween season.
It’s worth seeing this superbly executed thriller.
When Susan Carter agrees to impersonate the long deceased Veronica, she has no clue as to what really awaits her. Why not give an old dying woman the chance to see her long lost sister once more? After all, that’s why she was asked here, wasn’t it? Surely there is a reasonable explanation for the locks on the doors, isn’t there? But what happens if nothing and no one turn out to be what they first appeared? The only way to find out is to go!
This cast was wonderful. Mary Caufield, as Susan, gave an impressive performance with believable raw emotion, and excellent characterization. Erik Von Himmel showed great talent as Larry, the script allows him to shine more in Act Two, so wait for it. Judith Anderson as A Woman, and Charles Calabrese as The Man were incredible, with convincing subtle (and not so subtle) emotions portrayed throughout the show. Their versatility was clearly apparent, and decidedly remarkable. Spot on accents across the board.
Don’t let the theater’s casual set up deceive you. The small location is used to its best advantage, and creates an intimate theatre-going experience. Costumes by Lois Lockwood are time period appropriate, and thanks to Stage Manager Kristin Thomas, Designer/Technician Fred Sprauer, and Lighting by Al Davis the feel of the show was nicely, or creepily, enhanced. It’s worth seeing this superbly executed thriller.
Running Time: Approximately 2 hours with one 10 minute intermission.
Advisory: Disturbing and sexual themes, adult language.
Veronica’s Room is running at The Arena Players Repertory Theatre Company through November 2nd, 2014. The theatre is located in The Vanderbilt Carriage House Theater at 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport NY. For tickets call (516) 293-0674 or click here.