Archikulture Digest
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Orlando REP

The cool thing about horror is no matter how often you hear a particular ghost story, it can still give you the creeps. Tonight’s story is an American literary chestnut, first published in 1819. Sleepy Hollow endures to this day as a tale of horror with an ambiguous moral. Narrated by a schoolteacher (Pugh) in a one room schoolhouse, he uses this creepy story to tame his unruly and unseen students. After a brief lecture on why school is a good thing, he gives up and spend the days lesson trying to scare the pants off his charges. Fear and intimidation – important elements of education for over 2500 years. You may even know the story: a single and rather prissy school master Ichabod Crane courts Katrina Van Tassel, the wealthy daughter of the areas richest. He competes with a larger and more earthy man Abraham “Brom Bones” Van Brunt who works hard, parties hard and has a wicked if earthy sense of humor. As the school master rides home late at night in a very dark forest, he meets a headless horseman and and flees as fast as his tired mules can go. So much for marrying up.

The production here is impressive. A fully equipped schoolhouse complete with desks and chalk give Mr. Pugh plenty of room to maneuver, and his characterization of multiple voices all ring true and distinct. The youngish audience seemed enthralled, no one wander away from mom that I could see. Then there’s a big special effect surprise ending to buttoned up the show. The versatile Mr. Pugh easily and convincingly slides between frustrated teacher to fussy priss and then to earthy mountain man. A mist of smoke and dim lighting added to the atmosphere, and the smallish house still presented a rousing applause barrage. Comedy can wear thin quickly, but horror persists, and this magic mix seems to transcend and cross over that limitation.

https://www.orlandorep.com


Recently on Ink 19...

Swans

Swans

Event Reviews

40 years on, Michael Gira and Swans continue to bring a ritualistic experience that needs to be heard in order to be believed. Featured photo by Reese Cann.

Eclipse 2024

Eclipse 2024

Features

The biggest astronomical event of the decade coincides with a long overdue trip to Austin, Texas.

Sun Ra

Sun Ra

Music Reviews

At the Showcase: Live in Chicago 1976/1977 (Jazz Detective). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

Dark Water

Dark Water

Screen Reviews

J-Horror classic Dark Water (2002) makes the skin crawl with an unease that lasts long after the film is over. Phil Bailey reviews the new Arrow Video release.