Two OC theatres are currently giving audiences the increasingly rare opportunity to use their imaginations—just the thing for Halloween season. Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of Henry James’ spooky novella, “The Turn of the Screw” (at Fullerton’s Hunger Artists through Nov. 13) is theater stripped to its essence: two actors in black costumes, a minimalist set with two pieces of furniture and a single prop; it’s almost radio without mics.
Fred Kinney’s attentive direction makes the most of the spare elements he’s chosen to work with—principally his cast of two. Kait Ralston is engaging as a young governess who is hired to look after two children on a remote English country estate circa 1872, and is increasingly compelling as the story progresses. Ryan Holihan is wonderfully versatile as her strange employer, a sly housekeeper and a precocious child. Deb Lockwood’s lighting and Dave Mickey’s sound contribute nicely to the proceedings. Call 714-680-6803.
“Suspense Radio” (nearby at The Gallery Theatre in Anaheim Hills through Oct. 30) offers audiences another crack at listening and paying attention (and still leaves plenty of time to surf the Net when you get home). You’re in the studio at PACT for a live radio broadcast circa 1940, where the staff (a group of fine OC actors) is performing two short stories geared to the season. “Hunted Down,” a mystery based on a short story by Charles Dickens, is followed by a horror tale based on “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe. Call 714-630-9870.
If you missed Itamar Moses’ “Completeness” at South Coast Rep, you can catch it Oct. 20-23 at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater where it will be recorded by L.A. Theatre Works for their syndicated radio theater series. Mandy Siegfried reprises her role opposite Jason Ritter; no word on whether she’ll repeat her nude scene, which left nothing to the imagination of SCR audiences.
Hot tip: The award winning“India Jazz Suites” (at Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach Oct. 21-22) blends India’s classical dance tradition with American tap dance.
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