“Veronica’s Room” takes the 20th century to spooky places

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The four-person cast of “Veronica’s Room”brings Ira Levin’s creepy classic to life. The play runs Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm in the Bud Walton Theater. Adult tickets are $5 and any senior citizens or MSSU students will pay $3 with a student I.D.

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Just in time for Halloween, the MSSU theatre department is debuting their production of the psychological thriller “Veronica’s Room.”    Ira Levin, the playwright of the show, is best known for his classic mind benders “Rosemary’s Baby” and “Stepford Wives.”  Director Ann Lile, an associate theater professor and veteran director, and her four-person cast successfully give audience members a bizarrely entrancing glimpse into the darkest corners of the human mind. 

   This approximately 90-minute show saved the highlights of action for the second act, but kept viewers glued to their seats throughout the entire show.    

 “If you’re only going to stay for the first act, you’re going to miss it,” said Lile. This is a show that requires one’s full attention for its duration.

   Leading lady Chelsie Jeffries, playing the role of “Girl,” portrayed an excellent transformation from a free- spirited young college girl to a woman experiencing a  psychotic break comparable to that of a rat in a cage.  Luke Bobbett, an international student from the Netherlands playing the role of “Young Man,” showed no sign of a conflicting dialect and sprouted both an impressive Irish and American accent. The taboos of the twisted truths that are revealed in the end are fabulously shocking.  

   Actors and director agree that a tremendous amount of work has been put into this production. 

   Because of mature themes, adult situations, and language, this show is not recommended for young children. It will take place Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm in the Bud Walton Theater.   Adult tickets are $5 and any senior citizens or MSSU students will pay $3 with a student I.D. No photography of any kind or late admintance is allowed.