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An eerie old haunt sets the stage for ‘Turn of the Screw’

Anna Waldron in Simple Machine Theatre’s production of “The Turn of the Screw.”
Anna Waldron in Simple Machine Theatre’s production of “The Turn of the Screw.” Kyler Taustin

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A Victorian ghost story staged in a Victorian mansion – what could be spookier?

The young theater company Simple Machine is presenting “The Turn of the Screw” in two of them — the Gibson House Museum in the Back Bay and the Taylor House Bed and Breakfast in Jamaica Plain – in a haunting production that takes terrific advantage of Jeffrey Hatcher’s spare adaptation of Henry James’s tale.

At the Gibson House Museum, where Saturday’s performance was staged, the play opens downstairs in a kitchen complete with cast-iron stove and a row of bells above the door to summon the servants (a la “Downton Abbey”). It’s there that we meet the naïve young Governess (Anna Waldron) at her interview with an unnamed guardian (Stephen Libby) of two young orphans.

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