Reviewed by Paula Citron
Mirvish Productions/Lyric Hammersmith
Written by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman
Directed by Sean Holmes, Dyson and Nyman
Performed by Jonathan Purdon, Jack Langedijk, David Reale and Darrin Baker
Opened Apr. 12, 2011 for an extended run
Ghost Stories, a smash hit in London, is now playing Toronto with a Canadian cast. Did I jump with fright? You bet I did.
The story begins with a lecture by a parapsychology professor who tells three ghost stories that happened to a security guard, a teenager, and a father of a new born. All defy any logical explanation. To say anything more would be criminal, but, I did feel the ending was a bit of a cop-out.
The play is the brainchild of seasoned English writers Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, who both co-directed with Sean Holmes. Their creative team, particularly special effects designer Scott Penrose, all deserve huge congratulations.
The show is recommended for age 14 up, and it could certainly be a good outing for a family who likes chills and thrills. In fact, anyone who likes to be scared out of their skin will love the live experience.
Ghost Stories continues at the Panasonic Theatre.