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Film Noir Meets Live Theater at the Caine Lyric

Monday, Jul. 15, 2013

Actors Richie Call and Bill Warren from 'The Woman in Black'

Richie Call (right) as the Actor, Bill Warren (left) as Arthur Kipps from the Old Lyric Repertory Company production of "The Woman in Black" opening July 17 at the Caine Lyric Theatre in Logan. (photo courtesy OLRC)

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The Old Lyric Repertory Company at Utah State University presents the final show of the season, The Woman in Black, opening July 17 at the Caine Lyric Theatre, 28 W. Center Street in downtown Logan.

“This intense, suspenseful thriller is perfect for the theater’s 100th anniversary,” said Dennis Hassan, artistic director of the OLRC and professor in the Caine College of the Arts at USU. “This show takes place in a Victorian-style theater inhabited by a ghost and the Caine Lyric Theatre is perfect for that setting.”

Celebrating 23 years on London’s West End, the play combines the power and intensity of live theater with a cinematic quality inspired by film noirs. This is the tale of Arthur Kipps and his experiences in a small, coastal English town with a dark secret.

“This is a classic, gothic ghost story with unexpected twists that draw you in and keeps you wondering where it will go next,” said Adrianne Moore, director of the show and associate professor in the Department of Theatre Arts at USU.

A different approach than other plays, The Woman in Black is presented as an older Kipps retells his story to an actor in an attempt to exorcise the ghosts of the past. Kipps plays the part of everyone in the town with the actor playing the part of the young Kipps.

“In order to do a show like this, you must have dynamic actors who can play multiple roles in one play,” said Hassan. “With professional actors Bill Warren as Arthur Kipps and Richie Call as the Actor, this show is going to be a crowd-pleaser.”

With the opening of The Woman in Black the OLRC’s full repertory season is running. The Woman in Black alternates with the company’s other productions for the remainder of the season, including Nunsense, The Odd Couple, The Drowsy Chaperone and James and the Giant Peach. On July 29, a special performance celebrating the centennial anniversary of the Caine Lyric Theatre will begin at 7:30 p.m. The complete OLRC summer schedule is available online.

For more information and tickets, visit the Caine College of the Arts Box Office located in room 139-B of the Chase Fine Arts Center on USU’s Logan campus. The box office is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-noon, call 435-797-8022 or go see the college’s Production Services website. The Caine Lyric Theatre Box Office is also open Monday through Friday from 1-4 p.m. and one hour prior to curtain on show nights.

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Writer: Kara Rindlisbacher, 435-797-9203,

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