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DVxT Theatre Company – Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw

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reviewed by Paula Citron
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The Turn of the Screw
DVxT Theatre Company
Written by Henry James and adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
Directed by Vikki Anderson
Starring Christine Horne and Clinton Walker
At the Campbell House until Nov. 7

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You’re going to have to fight your way in to see The Turn of the Screw because the site-specific production is selling out. Director Vikki Anderson has set the scene all over the historic Campbell House and this is part of the production’s charm.

Jeffrey Hatcher has adapted Henry James’ gothic horror brilliantly by having the actors speak the narrative, their inner feelings and the dialogue. The play is a two-hander, with Christine Horne as the Governess and Clinton Walker as everyone else, regardless of gender. Both actors are excellent and perform well in intimate quarters.

My cavils are small. The Governess uses a videocam to show us pictures of the young Flora and Miles and this modernism is just not necessary. Also, I wish that Horne had worn a period wig because of her short hair.

Nonetheless, this is a terrific production that carries you away to another world.

The Turn of the Screw continues at Campbell House until Nov. 7.

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