Though contemporary ghost stories are no longer contained to mist-shrouded Victorian mansions, haunting everything from suburban homes to high-rise apartments, there remains something enduringly unnerving about the classic paranormal trappings. British novelist Susan Hill tapped into this ghoulish appeal when she penned The Woman in Black, a supernatural chiller set in the gothic environs of a remote seaside village where bloodcurdling secrets reside down every dark corridor. And as the protagonist, Arthur Kipps, comes to discover, no secret is more closely guarded than that of the spectral title figure. Published in 1983, the novel was soon adapted into a stage play by Stephen Mallatratt, opening in London's West End in 1989 where it has run uninterrupted for the last 22 years. The remarkable popularity of the work has already led to a TV movie in 1989, and a major motion picture starring Daniel Radcliffe is set for release in 2012. Before then, however, local audiences can be spooked by this production from the Chameleon Theatre Circle, which plans to emphasize the elemental frights at the heart of the tale. Told through a cast of two (Charles Numrich & Kieran Adcock-Starr), The Woman in Black harkens back to spine-chilling standards, providing vintage frights for these eerie autumn nights.
Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 9, 2 p.m.; Thu., Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 23, 2 p.m. Starts: Oct. 7. Continues through Oct. 23, 2011