Canterbury Summer Theatre's latest production "The Turn of the Screw" is a nerve-racking performance that had my complete attention throughout the entire performance. The two-person act, directed by Ray Scott Crawford, could not have been executed more perfectly. Jesse Kortus (the man) and Madeline Hiers (the woman) were flawless together.
"The Turn of the Screw" is from the story by Henry James and adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher. This is a story of an uncle, his niece and nephew, a housekeeper, and a governess, along with some other souls. The gothic tale is hair-raising and even alarming at times. The audience might think they have it figured out... But should probably think again.
I am not quite sure where the plot even started because the entire play was so suspenseful. Ray's introduction to the performance had me on my toes; the acts hadn't even started yet!
Both Jesse and Madeline played fearsome parts, and, in my opinion, held their English accents together pretty well. Jesse played many different parts; he was always changing character but never changing outfits. It was fantastic and easy to follow. The set was beautifully terrifying, and the lights and sound effects matched it. I would venture to guess I jumped every ten minutes throughout the production because some type of sound scared me. I never want to hear a jack-in-the-box again.
This performance by the two Bossier Parish Community College students is a must-see. "The Turn of the Screw" at Canterbury Summer Theatre runs from Aug. 6 until the 8. For more information, visit www.festivalplayersguild.org or call the Mainstreet Theatre box office at 219-874-4269. If you have a heart condition, just take my word on how great the production is, and stay home.