We Have Always Lived in the Castle OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    September 23, 2010
    Closing:
    October 9, 2010

    Theater: University Theatre at Yale University / 222 York Street, New Haven, Connecticut, 06510

    Synopsis: 

    We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a haunting, lyrical, and darkly humorous new musical based on the 1962 novel by Shirley Jackson, author of The Lottery and The Haunting of Hill House.

    Acquitted of a horrible crime six years ago, Constance Blackwood lives with her devoted younger sister Merricat and their uncle Julian in what was once the home of the richest--and most envied--family in a small New England town. Constance tends to the house and garden while Merricat invents magical charms to protect the surviving Blackwoods from the townspeople's prying eyes and vicious gossip. But talismans may not be powerful enough to keep the sisters together when their handsome cousin Charles comes to visit.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF We Have Always Lived in the Castle

    American Gothic Tale With a Ray of Sunshine

    Charles Isherwood

    September 27, 2010: There’s nothing wrong in the new musical “We Have Always Lived in the Castle” at the Yale Repertory Theater, and that’s exactly the problem. Everything should be more than a little off in the cloistered universe inhabited by the strange sisters of Shirley Jackson’s eerie 1962 novel. They live at a frightened, hostile remove from the world, in a rambling country house where a multiple murder has left impenetrable shadows.

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