"The Woman in Black," Star Bar Players, opens Thursday, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 3, Second Saturday Salon features post-show wine and chat with cast, crew and director, Theatre 'd Art, 128 N. Nevada Ave., $12-$15, $6 students, Sunday Special is pay-what-you-can; 357-5228, starbarplayers.org.
Pale-faced women may haunt your dreams after the Star Bar Players production of "The Woman in Black."
"It's a horror story," says actor Jude Bishop. "We are aiming for the audience to feel like we are in a horror movie. It's not blood and guts, it's not a shock factor type thing. It's a subtle psychological thriller. We're hoping for more than a few gasps from the audience."
Auspiciously timed to the Halloween season, the company will undertake Stephen Mallatratt's 1987 adaptation of Susan Hill's 1983 horror novella. Her book also inspired the 2012 horror film starring Daniel Radcliffe.
In the play, an older man enlists the help of a young actor to re-enact a traumatic experience from his past, and help his family and friends understand what happened to him. Two characters, played by Bishop and Roy Ballard, make up the bulk of the play, though the ghostly woman appears periodically, played by Leah Jenkins.
"I didn't know before I took my seat that this play has the epithet of the 'most terrifying live theatre experience in the world,' but having seen it, I couldn't disagree," wrote critic Liz Fullick on the Britain's Daily Record's website in June. "It is a roller-coaster ride, made more terrifying as the vehicle is old, rickety and barely hanging together, so you cling to the characters."
"Death of a Salesman" - TheatreWorks, opens Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Nov. 2 and 9, 4 p.m. Sundays, runs through Nov. 10, with Prologue lectures at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 27 and Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 3955 Regent Circle, $35, $15 15 and younger, free UCCS students, no kids under 5; 255-3232, theatreworkscs.org.
"Murder on the Midland Terminal" - A daylong murder mystery set in Victor by Red Herring Productions, fundraiser for the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum, 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. Saturday, Gold Coin Club, Fourth and Diamond avenues, Victor, $45, reservations needed; 689-5509, victorcolorado.com.
Jennifer Mulson, 636-0270, email@example.com