It’s October — the month of Halloween — which means it’s the perfect time for spooky shows. And, Theatre in the Park’s production of the regional premiere of It is Done, written by Alex Goldberg and directed by Ira David Wood III, definitely fits the bill.
The story takes place in a deserted (except for one bartender and two lone patrons) bar in a desolate place in the middle of nowhere. Howling wind side effects and animal skulls hanging on the walls add to the creepy atmosphere. Despite the “fear factor,” however, the rustic bar set is beautiful in its own right. Expansive and painstakingly detailed, it’s the perfect place for this tale to take place.
The story really gets intense when Jonas (Jock Brocki), a man who has spent his life running away from something, though he’s not sure exactly what, relates that he has been plagued by nightmares. He divulges this all to Ruby (Olivia Fitts), a mysterious young woman who has found herself stranded at the bar.
Together, the two chat and get to know one another, with occasional interruptions from the lecherous barkeeper, Hank, played to slimy perfection by Tony Pender.
Creepy music and extreme lighting touches add suspense to the fast-paced story, taking it to an exciting crescendo in which things turn supernatural and Jonas learns a shocking truth. Brocki does an amazing job navigating the many, tumultuous emotions Jonas experiences throughout the course of the play and is well-tempered by Fitts’ slinky, even portrayal of Ruby.
Filled with Hawthorne -esque atmosphere and delivery, this creepy show is the perfect play to keep you up all night. Different, unique, and subtly evocative, It is Done is a definite must-see this Halloween season.
Theatre in the Park presents IT IS DONE at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6, 3 p.m. Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11-13, 3 p.m. Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20, and 3 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Ira David Wood III Pullen Park Theatre, 107 Pullen Rd., Raleigh, North Carolina 27607.
TICKETS: $24 ($18 students, seniors 60+, and active-duty military personnel), except $16 per ticket for groups of 10 or more.
BOX OFFICE: 919-831-6058 or https://theatreinthepark.secure.force.com/ticket#details_a0S41000005ft51EAA.
GROUP RATES (10+ tickets): 919-831-6058 or http://theatreinthepark.com/whatson/group-sales.
NOTE 1: All shows are wheelchair/walker accessible, and large-print playbills are usually available.
NOTE 2: There will be a postshow talkback, with playwright Alex Goldberg and director Ira David Wood III, after the 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct 20th, performance.
It Is Done (2011 thriller): https://www.originalworksonline.com/ItIsDone (OriginalWorksOnline.com).
The Script: https://www.originalworksonline.com/assets/images/ScriptSamples/ItIsDone-Script-Sample.pdf (OriginalWorksOnline.com).
Alex Goldberg (Burbank, CA playwright and screenwriter): http://www.alexgoldberg.net/ (official website), https://www.lortel.org/Archives/CreditableEntity/48514 (Internet Off-Broadway Database), https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0325142/ (Internet Movie Database), https://www.facebook.com/alex.goldberg.334 (Facebook page), and https://twitter.com/thealexgoldberg (Twitter page).
Ira David Wood III (Raleigh, NC director/performer/playwright and TIP’s founder and artistic and executive director): http://theatreinthepark.com/about/whos-who; (TIP bio), https://www.facebook.com/iradavidwood; (Facebook page), https://twitter.com/idwiii; (Twitter page), and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ira_David_Wood_III (Wikipedia).
Susie Potter is a Raleigh, NC-based freelance writer and editor. She is a 2009 graduate of Raleigh’s Meredith College, where she majored in English. She holds graduate degrees in teaching and American literature from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. In addition to her work for Triangle Arts and Entertainment, she is an award-winning author of short fiction. Her works have appeared in The Colton Review, Raleigh Quarterly, Broken Plate Magazine, Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley, the Chaffey Review, and Existere. To read all of Susie Potter’s Triangle Arts and Entertainment articles and reviews, click http://triangleartsandentertainment.org/author/susie-q/. To read more of her writings, click http://www.triangleartsreview.com/, http://www.susiepotter.com, and http://www.myspace.com/susiepotter.