In keeping with the season, Theatre Baton Rouge offers certifiably scary Halloween suspense by Susan Hill. Remote and solitary, Eel Marsh House surveys the windswept reaches of the salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral of Mrs. Alice Drablow, the house's sole inhabitant, unaware of tragic secrets which lurk behind its shuttered windows. It is not until he glimpses a wasted young woman, dressed all in black at the funeral, that a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold. This feeling is deepened by the reluctance of the locals to talk of the woman – and her terrible purpose.
Years later, as an old man, Kipps recounts his experiences to an actor in a desperate attempt to exorcise the ghosts of the past. The play unfolds around a series of conversations as the two characters act out the solicitor's experiences on Eel Marsh all those years ago. Keith Dixon directs. October 25—November 10 at 7155 Florida Boulevard. 7:30 pm Thursdays—Saturdays, with 2 pm matinees Saturdays and Sundays. $25 adults, $15 students. (225) 924-6496 or brlt.org.