Raleigh Little Theatre Review
Robert W. McDowell
February 17, 2010
RLT recreates the thrills and chills of “Veronica's Room”
Last Friday evening, Raleigh Little Theatre’s presentation of Veronica's Room opened on schedule, despite an imminent threat of snow, which was 1-3 inches deep by the show’s final curtain. Inside, a sparse opening-night audience watched as RLT recreated the thrills and chills of the harrowing 1973 drama by American novelist and playwright Ira Levin (1929-2007).
Veronica's Room unfolds on a balmy spring evening in a mysterious attic room of a house just one-half hour from Boston. As I watched it weave its spell over the RLT first-nighters, I could not help but think of a favorite movie, Dead Of Winter (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092842/), directed by Arthur Penn and starring Mary Steenburgen as an out-of-work actress who receives an offer she can’t refuse from Roddy McDowall. It is the dead of winter in New York City, circa 1987; and McDowall is desperately seeking for a replacement for a female film star who’s had a nervous breakdown in the final days of filming a major motion picture. All that’s left to lens are a few long shots and odds and ends in which Steenburgen, who’s a dead ringer for the incapacitated actress, would be a virtual stand-in and make big bucks in the process. So, off she goes to a remote country home in Upstate New York -- in the snow -- to impersonate an actress she looks just like. Only there is no movie, and McDowall has other plans for his replacement leading lady....
To read the rest of this Classical Voice of North Carolina review, click http://cvnc.org/reviews/2010/022010/Veronica.html.
Raleigh Little Theatre presents Veronica's Room at 8 p.m. Feb. 18-20 and 25-27, and 3 p.m. Feb. 21 and 28 in RLT’s Cantey V. Sutton Theatre, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh, North Carolina 27607. TICKETS: $18 ($15 students and seniors 62+). BOX OFFICE: 919/821-3111 or http://www.etix.com/. SHOW: http://raleighlittletheatre.org/performances/09-10/veronica.html. PRESENTER/VENUE: http://raleighlittletheatre.org/. PARKING/DIRECTIONS: http://raleighlittletheatre.org/about/map-directions.html.
WHAT: The TRIANGLE THEATER REVIEW is a FREE weekly e-mail theatrical newsletter, featuring previews and reviews by Robert W. McDowell and reviews by Alan R. Hall and others. (For brief bios of our critics, see the CVNC biographies page.) Classical Voice of North Carolina, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and this state's leading performing-arts platform, not only pays our reviewers but also makes continued publication of TTR possible. The online versions of our critics' theater reviews are now listed on the CVNC Reviews page. CVNC also publishes a comprehensive list of Triangle Theatre Openings.
DONATIONS: If you value the comprehensive, in-depth local theater coverage that TTR and CVNC provide, please mail a check today to Classical Voice of North Carolina, 3305 Ruffin Street, Raleigh, NC 27607-4025; or use your credit card to donate online. Because CVNC is a 501(c)(3) organization, all financial contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Be sure to indicate that you want to support continued online publication of the TRIANGLE THEATER REVIEW. You may also donate to CVNC through the Triangle Community Foundation, based in Research Triangle Park. You can find current information about CVNC at Philanthropy Central, an online service operated by the Triangle Community Foundation.
HOW TO SUBSCRIBE: E-mail RobertM748@aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE TTR in the Subject: line. TO UNSUBSCRIBE: E-mail RobertM748@aol.com and type UNSUBSCRIBE TTR in the Subject: line.
QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? E-mail RobertM748@aol.com.
COPYRIGHT: Editorial content and all formats © 2014 CVNC and the respective authors. Reproduction in any form without authorization of Classical Voice of North Carolina and the respective authors is prohibited. CVNC will maintain an archive of standard previews and reviews from past issues for at least a year. To request copies of web articles from 2005 and earlier, e-mail email@example.com.
You are here: Home
> Reviews and articles about the theatre's productions
> Review: Veronica's Room