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."
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.