The Woman in Black

And I don’t mean the movie with Daniel Radcliffe. I meant to see that when it came out and never got around to it, then I heard it was a bit crap anyway. I think I will see if I can catch it on Netflix or something now so I can compare it to the play.

Since the play is what I saw.

Mike and I decided that we wanted to go see a show while we were in London, since we’d never gotten to do that before and were staying the night. We stopped by Leicester Square around 3 in the afternoon, which I was a little worried about since I heard you should go early. We checked the list of shows and decided to go for The Woman in Black first, since it’s been a long time since we’ve seen anything that wasn’t a musical.

I’m really happy we spent the money to see it, and so was Mike. There are only three characters in the play – Arthur Kipps, the Actor, and the Woman in Black. I’m amused that the Woman in Black isn’t on the cast list for the website, which really is in keeping with how they presented her in the play, where she isn’t supposed to actually exist except as an ill omen. At the end she got to do her bow by appearing behind the translucent curtain across the stage briefly, with spooky lighting.

The play was scary. I haven’t actually seen a scary play before, and didn’t expect it to actually be as scary as it was. There were a lot of jump scares in the play, which I did sort of expect, but the real fright was the continual build up of dread, which the jump scares just served to punctuate. Dread would build,  then there’d be a loud noise and people in the audience would scream, then sort of try to laugh off, but then the dread would just start again. It was excellent.

I was actually having some sleepiness issues because I’m still fighting through jetlag. I fell asleep during  intermission (trying to power nap since I was fading fast) and was having a hard time waking up… until the first scary thing happened about three minutes into the second act, and then I was awake and the thought of sleep didn’t return until we were on the way back to the hotel.

This also reminded me that I just really like to watch plays rather than musicals, and I should do it more often. Hopefully it’ll be something I can do regularly once I’m settled in to the new job. Plays are very different from movies, and in a way that I thoroughly enjoy.

I see that there’s also a tour, but it looks like it’s just staying in the UK. I hope there’s a production of the play in Colorado at some point soon. I really think that Kat and Ivona would like it, and I’d love to see it with them.

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