REVIEW: The Woman in Black


Jay Dallas Benson and Matt Dentino in THE WOMAN IN BLACK / Photo by Mikki Schaffner
Jay Dallas Benson and Matt Dentino in THE WOMAN IN BLACK / Photo by Mikki Schaffner

Falcon Theatre, a place I’ve spent some time acting in, opened THE WOMAN IN BLACK this weekend. The show will run Fridays and Saturdays for three weeks.  If you’re looking for a Halloween activity that the family can appropriately enjoy, this may be it.  I saw the show in its final dress rehearsal and I suspect the energy from a live audience will help the show considerably.

It’s a story within a story; a man (Jay Dallas Benson) has approached a theatre-man (Matt Dentino) and asked him to help tell his story in order to clear his mind of it.  Dentino’s character starts out trying to direct Benson’s character to make his reading of the story come more alive.  Things slowly develop and the story finally begins to unfold. I don’t want to give anything away but it’s a traditional ghost story with some cool special effects.  The friend who went with me enjoyed himself and said he especially thought the lighting and sound were excellent.

Dentino is a very talented actor and this is challenging material in that the language is plentiful and could become cumbersome.  He does a decent job with his character, while Benson plays several different men with enough differences between them to help the audience follow along.  Similar to Know Theatre’s The Twenteith Century Way, the action moves back and forth between the theater and the story within the story, but unlike the breakneck pace of “Way” this show is more measured, taking its time to get to the point.  It has some scary moments and I think with an audience reacting to it, it could be devilish fun.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK runs Friday and Saturday nights through November 1st, including a Halloween night performance. For more information, click here.


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