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Review: The Dark Intimacy of Veronica's Room
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13 October 2016   Lewis LaMaster

This dark thriller's many twists and turns reveal that not everything is as it seems on the surface.

Ready for a scary night at the theatre? Head over to Stage Too at the Prescott Arts Center and take in the performance of Veronica’s Room.

The playwright of Veronica’s Room is Ira Levin, yes, the creator of Rosemary’s Baby. That, in itself, should be a clue as to the nuances in Veronica’s Room.

The play starts with the uncovering of Veronica's room. We are introduced to a young couple. The Girl has been asked to do a simple favor for an old lady dying of cancer. Her partner, the Young Man, counsels that there may be other motives in mind. As the evening continues, the Girl prepares for her act of kindness. But when the curtain comes up on the second act, new layers of reality are laid bare. As the Girl tries to solve the puzzle and discover the truth, the audience begins to grasp how the pieces fit incongruously together.

This play has some aspects that theater buffs will find interesting. The idea of a drama, or two, or maybe even more, within a drama. A look back at both the seventies and thirties will make you believe that maybe cross-time travel is possible. 

Just in time to start the Halloween season, this thriller will leave you wondering about the boundaries of psychology, ritual, dark forces, and intimate relationships.

The very able acting of John Spencer File as the Young Man, and local theater veteran Kevin Nissen as the Man, provide a great foundation for the central performances of Trudy Forbes as the Woman, and Abigail Peugh as the Girl. Peugh gives a compelling portrayal of a naive young lady simply hoping to bring some closure to a dying lady she has never met. Forbes brings the Woman to life masterfully, transforming her from a mousy personality to one that wields power and manifests a terrible strength of mind.

If thriller plays are your thing, you won't want to miss Veronica's Room.

One word of warning, however. This play is definitely not “family-friendly” – unless your family is the kind that revels in shows like Dexter or Criminal Minds. Content, language and violence all deem this play not suitable for children.

If you go:

What: Veronica’s Room

Where: Stage Too Theatre, 219 N. Cortez St., Prescott, AZ (enter from the alley)

When: 

Evening shows on Thursday - Saturday, October 13, 14, 15, 20, 27, 28, 29 at 7:30 PM 
Matinees are at 2 PM Saturdays and Sundays on October 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 (note, no matinee on Saturday, October 15)

Ticket Prices: $15