LAGUNA BEACH, CA -- The southern California premiere of the thriller, The Woman in Black, starts Feb. 23 at Laguna Playhouse. Weeks ago, the show, running to March 21, was chosen as a replacement for As Bees in Honey Drown, which was postponed to the 1999-2000 season, owing to "artistic complications," said the Playhouse's executive director Richard Stein.
The Woman in Black is a long-running hit in London, adapted by Stephen Mallatratt from a book by Susan Hill. "In it, a long grieving lawyer believes a curse has been placed on the family by the specter of the woman in black," reads a company relase. "In an attempt to exorcise her spirit, he engages a skeptical young actor to help him recount his story. His plan begins innocently enough, but soon the border between reality and fantasy blurs."
The Playhouse's artistic director, Andrew Barnicle, directs.
For tickets and information, call (949) 497-2787.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent