Review: Chills 'n Thrills at CSC's 'The Ghost Train'
by Rick Busciglio (New Jersey Footlights)
Calling all mystery fans, particularly of the supernatural thriller variety. Look no further: The Centenary Stage Company is presenting the perfect Halloween season treat. The play is The Ghost Train by British playwright Arnold Ridley. In addition to wide theater exposure for almost 100 years, including Broadway, it was filmed no less than six times, plus two tv versions. It was even produced as a musical in 1954. The Centenary Stage production makes one key change …. moving the setting from England to the US.
The play takes place in the waiting room of a wayside railway station on a branch line near Rockland, Maine. The excellent realistic set is by New York designer Matthew Imhoff. Perfect spot to credit Anthony Raddi and Martin Kolb for the shiver producing light and sound effects.
Review: 1920's Thriller Ramps Up the Spookiness at Centenary Stage Company
by Jane Primerano (NJ Arts Maven)
Ghost Train starts out like your average thriller: six people stranded in a rundown railroad station on a rainy night, a perfect formula for scary, but it takes as many zigs and zags as a switchback track.
The Centenary Stage Company production’s opening night, Friday, Oct. 4, used the actors, the set and special effects to create the proper amount of spookiness, as well as some humor.
Review: Centenary Stage's 'Ghost Train' offers some satisfying thrills and a few laughs, too
by Jay Lustig (NJarts.net)
Last year, the Centenary Stage Company in Hackettstown presented a fine production of “Dracula” during the month of October. This year, it is mounting a production of a more obscure play, “Ghost Train,” that is equally appropriate for the Halloween season. It runs through Oct. 20.
Written by the British playwright and actor Arnold Ridley, “Ghost Train” was first produced in London and on Broadway in the 1920s, and inspired several film adaptations. Directed by Carl Wallnau, the Centenary production — which, like the Broadway version, transfers the action from its original setting, the Mangotsfield railway station in England, to a station near Rockland, Me. — offers some scary moments along with some wry laughs.
It’s a nice find, and a good change of pace for those who have overdosed on other, more familiar forms of Halloween entertainment.