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The Woman in Black (McKittrick Hotel)

From 28 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Intense, Slow

About the show

The McKittrick Hotel presents the UK mystery hit "The Woman in Black" for a strictly limited engagement, as never before seen in New York. More…

From the show:

Stephen Mallatratt’s ingenious adaptation of Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story comes to startling life inside The McKittrick Hotel’s hidden Club Car. Directed by Robin Herford and featuring a full cast from London’s West End, this production marks the show’s first return to its original staging inside an intimate English pub.


Member Reviews (28)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Intense, Slow
75
Avg Score

84
Edgy, Intense, Riveting, Great acting

See it if you are up for a scary performance brilliantly acted by 2 actors and.... Happy they brought it to NYC

Don't see it if you prefer comedy to drama or have your own idea of what is scary or not.

69
Quirky, Slow, Intense

See it if You like a well acted mystery.

Don't see it if You want complexity. The story is simple and predictable

69
Gothic, Underwhelming, alas, Low-budget look despite high tix price, Wickedly good sound design, Susan hill's novella is better

See it if you found the novella scary & wanted to see the long-running London production--without flying to the U.K.; you enjoy vengeful ghost stories

Don't see it if you'd hate sitting on wooden chairs for 2+ hrs; you love ghost stories to stay in a goosebumpy groove; you're not a fan of "cozy mysteries"

Also The play fails to build tension via foreshadowing. While the acting is... Read more Read less

84
Exceptional acting, Well done, Quirky, Fun, Entertaining

See it if U enjoy an old fashioned ghost story with exceptionally good actors in a smaller venue. It was a fun evening at the theater.

Don't see it if U prefer a fast paced show, musicals or larger productions.

51
Not scary, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched, Slow

See it if you are so enthralled with anything English

Don't see it if you haven't seen everything -yes, everything else.

Also The premise of actors taking on many roles while telling a story was m... Read more Read less

100
Must see, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You like simple yet effective ghost story. Spooky as all heck. One actor plays many characters superbly.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you expect a simple story. Here you must use your imagination throughout. Don't see it if you scare easily.

73
Intimacy is mostly an asset for this creepy chamber play that holds up reasonably well

See it if you want to see a spooky play with a unique storytelling device.

Don't see it if you're easily startled or if you're looking for a production that's a bit more fully realized.

Also In 1997 I ran sound for a production of this in California and I hadn'... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Intelligent, Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a well acted ghost story in an intimate setting.

Don't see it if You don't like ghost stories or are expecting something that will frighten you

78
Slow to the point, Scary, Intense, Cliched, Great acting

See it if You want to see a haunting tale told in an atmospheric location, brilliant acting, and you like scary stories.

Don't see it if You don’t like jump scares, ghost stories, easily predictable plots, low budget sets for a high price ticket, uncomfortable chairs.

75
Verbal, Intense, Great acting

See it if you like storytelling done verbally in an intimate setting

Don't see it if you need action, visuals or a good ending

90
Masterful, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like a good ghost story and a very intimate space. Take advantage if you can’t see it in London!

Don't see it if You don’t like to be scared!

Also I’ve seen it 4 times in London and this production is exactly the same... Read more Read less

30
Cliched, Disappointing, Dated

See it if You like amateur production and a slow uninteresting plot.

Don't see it if You like an interesting plot. Don’t see it.

84
Epic, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want an immersive experience! Love ghost stories

Don't see it if Just do it

70
A little spooky

See it if The McKittrick setting is a lovely location for this show - a little spooky on its own. The small area makes you really part of the action.

Don't see it if It's an old-fashioned mystery, and it feels like it. If you want modern and trendy, this isn't for you.

66
Slow, Intense, Ambitious

See it if you're curious about horror in play format, are a fan of the movie, enjoy a small intimate atmosphere.

Don't see it if seating comfort is a priority, you're expecting good scare moments, or have trouble following slower plays.

80
Slow, Great staging, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if to see talented actors bring this ghost story to life.

Don't see it if you don't like ghost stories.

70
Fluffy, Overrated, Cliched, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you're looking for a high-quality production that won't challenge you after several cocktails.

Don't see it if you're after substance or you're hoping to be scared for real. There's no subtlety here, but plenty of loud bangs for jump-scares.

During previews
70
Entertaining, Quirky, Indulgent, Fluffy, Edgy

See it if If your intrested in spooky theater with a few twists and turns. Not overly scary or dramatic.

Don't see it if If you want a deep plot to a show, bigger theater or production.

During previews
72
Lightweight, Funny, Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambient

See it if Light entertainment with a spooky atmosphere, good acting & acoustics, evocative language, and a couple of plot twists. Drinks encouraged.

Don't see it if Fun, but not scary or thrilling. Small, tightly packed, uncomfortable seats. Content feels more like a short story than a full length play

During previews
79
Great staging, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if you like a well told ghost story by talented actors.

Don't see it if don't care for well crafted plays in rooms full of atmosphere and uncomfortable chairs.

During previews
50
Interesting ambience, Slow

See it if the space matters more to you than the show

Don't see it if you are easily bored

Also The "McKittrick Hotel," a sort of spooky T.G.I.Friday's of an entertai... Read more Read less

During previews
55
Funny, Great acting, Slow, Dated

See it if You like old school horror shows which are mostly jump scares.

Don't see it if You prefer suspension and mysterious shows. You want to see a big production. Or you wish to be actually spooked.

Also This show is low-budget, very dated and not even very scary. Highly de... Read more Read less

During previews
84
Ghost story, Fun, Great acting, Theatrical, Entertaining

See it if you want to see two stage actors (Acton and Porter) in top form, performing a Gothic ghost story play-within-a-play.

Don't see it if ... not as spine-tingling as I’d hoped, however what it may lack in suspense is more than made up for by the two performances.

Also (POSSIBLE SPOILER?) the title role leaves much to be desired.

During previews
85
Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you’re interested in a spooky atmospheric yet simple show done well. i didn’t feel it was slow at all, the two actors are very engaging.

Don't see it if you need music and nonstop action. also, the seats are incredibly uncomfortable.

During previews
85
Scary, Quirky, Entertaining, Riveting

See it if you like ghost stories, and want to see a great one performed in a minimalist, purely theatrical manner.

Don't see it if you scare easily.

Also This production has been running in London's West End for years and ye... Read more Read less


January 23rd, 2020
"The Comforts of the Cozy Scare in ‘The Woman in Black’: This ingenious, bare-bones adaptation of Susan Hill’s Gothic novel — a long-running hit in London — allows audiences to take charge of their fear."
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January 23rd, 2020
3/5 Stars "There are moments of spellbinding stage magic...But...the play doesn’t cut deep. It winds you up—albeit much too slowly—until you're primed to scream-laugh your head off...Like the concoctions available at the bar, however, they’re enjoyable but ultimately pass right through you."
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January 24th, 2020
"Scary Stuff: 'Paris' and 'The Woman in Black'"
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January 24th, 2020
"'The Woman in Black' is full of jumps and scares — in the most delightful way"
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