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Review: Veronica's Room

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.


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