The Woman in Black

The Woman in Black
OCT 31 – NOV 30, 2013
Stephen Mallatratt
Colin Smith & Mark A. Rhea


Unanimously acclaimed by the critics, The Woman in Black combines the power and intensity of live theatre with a cinematic quality inspired by the world of film noir. The formula delivers an evening of unremitting drama, transporting the audience into a terrifying and ghostly world. A lawyer engages a skeptical young actor to help him tell his terrifying story and exorcise the fear that grips his soul. As the two men – portrayed by Keegan company members Rob Leembruggen and Matthew Keenan — reach further into the lawyers darkest memories, the borders between make believe and reality begin to blur and the flesh begins to creep…


The Washington Post Review

“Keegan’s production does everything right. Nearly as important as the direction is the pinpoint precision of Michael Innocenti’s lights and Tony Angelini’s sound. The set by co-director Smith is both authentic to the times and versatile.”

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DC Theatre Scene Review

“[RobertLeembruggen’s performance is devastating. … [MatthewKeenan is convincing and charming, providing much appreciated comic relief … Leembruggen and Keenan are both seasoned performers, and both played their roles with subtly.”

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ShowBizRadio Review

“With two superb performances by Matthew Keenan and Robert Leembruggen, [The Woman in Black] embraces the play’s innovative style. Furthermore, the haunting light and sound designs by Michael Innocenti and Tony Angelini, respectively, make for a spine-tingling and sometimes whimsical adventure that will leave you begging for more.”

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Metro Weekly Review

“By the time the show’s over, Keegan and directors Colin Smith and Mark A. Rhea have given theatergoers a real ride; a sophisticated, theatrical equivalent of a haunted house adventure.”

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Broadway World Review

“Both of the actors are superb, in no uncertain terms. Matthew Keenan, although an actor himself, plays the confident and didactic Actor with ease and clarity… Robert Leembruggen’s heart melting performance was seamless.”

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Washington City Paper Review

“The cast that directors Mark A. Rhea and Colin Smith (who also designed the creaky, atmospheric split-level set) have assembled is inspired…Because truly superb acting doesn’t look like acting, it’s difficult to describe. But here it is.”

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DC Metro Theater Arts Review

” Directors Colin Smith and Mark A. Rhea pace the proceedings with consummate skill and do a bang-up job of guiding their cast of two.”

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MD Theatre Guide Review

“With two first rate performances by Matthew Keenan and Robert Leembruggen, and some slick stagecraft by co-director and scenic designer Colin Smith, the challenges of a theatrical horror story are overcome.”

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Washington Life Review

Colin Smith and Mark A. Rhea, the directors, deftly pace and control the action through Michael Innocenti’s inspired light design and Tony Angelini’s manipulation of the important sound design that dominates the action with several events occurring only through off-stage sound effects.”

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Matthew Keenan and Robert Leembruggen

Production Team

Director Colin Smith & Mark A. Rhea
Lighting Design Michael Innocenti
Sound Design Tony Angelini
Set Design Colin Smith