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We Have Always Lived in the Castle.

(UNIVERSITY THEATER; 650 SEATS; $85 TOP)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. A Yale Repertory Theater presentation of a musical in two acts by Adam Bock, based in a novel by Shirley Jackson, with music by Todd Almond and lyrics by Almond and Bock. Directed by Anne Kauffman. Opened, reviewed Sept. 23, 2010. Runs through Oct. 9. Running time: 2 HOURS 10 MIN.

With: Alexandra Socha, Jenn Gambatese, Bill Buell, Scan Palmer, Joy Franz, Carly Hughes, Beth McVey, Ryan Murphy, William Parry, Matt Pearson, Richard Todd Adams, Heather Ayers.

Songs: "We Blackwoods," "Gossip," "Spring Is Coming," "The Last of Our Slow, Lovely Days," "I'm Dreaming," "His Beautiful Thought," "Cleaning/On the Moon," "The Stomp," "I Know You," "She Didn't Get Very Far," "Come to Me," "Smoke," "Fire," "Believe Me," "Everything That Grows," "Yellow Flower."

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The mansion on the hill is disturbingly askew and the young girl who lives there has an unnerving self-possession. It's all part of Shirley Jackson's slyly menacing, next-to-abnormal world that she evokes in her 1962 novel "We Have Always Lived in the Castle," premiering as a musical at Yale Repertory Theater. Adam Bock, Todd Almond and helmer Anne Kauffman have succeeded in creating a stage fable of anxiety and glee, and while their show still needs work to deepen and further musicalize Jackson's tale of small-town persecution and familial murder, even at this stage of development it's a spellbinding tale to see and hear.

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Title Annotation:REGIONAL
Author:Rizzo, Frank
Publication:Variety
Article Type:Theater review
Date:Oct 4, 2010
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