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Veronica's Room

By Ira Levin
Directed by Charles Riffenburg

Sept 27 – Oct 27, 2013

presented at The Heartland Studio

This thriller from the author of Rosemary’s Baby and Deathtrap explores the thin line between fantasy and reality. Students Susan and Larry find themselves enticed to an old New England mansion by its dissolute caretakers to meet Cissie, the sole surviving member of the family. They insist that Susan bears a striking resemblance to Veronica, Cissie’s long-dead sister. If she will agree to briefly impersonate Veronica, they believe it will comfort the dementia-afflicted Cissie and allow her to die in peace. But what begins as a simple errand of mercy quickly spirals into a nightmare cycle of guilt, sacrifice, and murder.

  • Girl: Amanda Jane Long
  • Young Man: Chris Ballou
  • Woman: Sarah Wellington
  • Man: Sean Thomas
  • Producer: Kaela Altman
  • Production Manager: Meg Love
  • Scenic Design: Jameson Sanford
  • Lighting Design: Megan Turnquist
  • Costume Design: kClare Kemock
  • Sound Design: Joshua Wentz
  • Properties Design: Cassy Schillo
  • Violence Choreography: Kaela Altman
  • Dialect Coach: Steve O'Connell
  • Assistant Director: Cassy Schillo
  • Stage Manager: Ryan Keller

Jospeh Jefferson Awards

  • Production (Play) (nomination)
  • Supporting Actress (Play): Sarah Wellington (nomination)
  • Scenic Design: Jameson Sanford (nomination)

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Rave reviews for Veronica's Room:

"Downright terrifying. A tightly spun, 85-minute tale, played out on a tiny stage under the skillful direction of Charles Riffenburg... Each of the actors here is first-rate. But it is [Amanda Jane] Long... who bedazzles as she tries to maintain her humor, her sanity and her life." Highly Recommended
–Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

“To say that BoHo Theatre’s production of of Ira Levin’s thriller Veronica’s Room is extraordinary theatre would be an understatement... Veronica’s Room further proves that BoHo has become one our finest companies to exist in this incredible city of exceptional theater.”
–Michael Roberts, ShowBizChicago

taut and chilling... Charles Riffenburg directs with a tight energy... Amanda Jane Long is a marvel... Sarah Wellington offers up a tour-de-force performance... an evening of spine tingling treasures.”
–Brian Kirst, Sheridan Road

“All of these hairpin turns could easily go awry if not as keenly calibrated as they are in Charles Riffenburg's confident production. Veronica’s Room is an effective, claustrophobically creepy locale
–Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago

a thriller that grows ever more terrifying and kinky as it unfolds... This production proves again that BoHo Theatre is one of Chicago’s most consistently fine Off-Loop theatre companies” Highly Recommended
–Colin Douglas, Chicago Theater Review

“BoHo Theatre's production nicely balances Levin's blend of macabre horror and dark humor”
–Albert Williams, Chicago Reader

a first-class production of the mystery thriller.... Amanda Long is amazingly strong... a finely crafted suspense mystery that will leave you on the edge of your seat... This 85 minute journey into the macabre is well worth taking.”
–Tom Williams, Chicago Critic

This is one smashing production. The four actors not only gave skillful performances, their level of commitment to their characters left no doubt that they were sold on Levin’s melodrama... I would be happy to watch the four performers repeatedly. They are the real deal."
–Dan Zeff, Chicagoland Theatre Reviews

It’s a nightmare, a performance triumph and a travesty all at once... [BoHo has] cut a hole in the universe and deposited us into the Twilight Zone. Veronica’s Room has the audience emotionally involved start to finish.”
–Ruth Smerling, TheatreWorld