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REVIEW: “Let the Right One In” at Good Luck Macbeth (Subscriber Content)



Here for the spookiest time of the year, Good Luck Macbeth presents “Let the Right One In.” We follow Oskar, who is an awkward teenager always being bullied by the bigger guys. He prefers to spend his time alone, but this changes when Eli, the new girl-next-door, and him become friends.

During this time, the neighborhood is on edge due to a string of sadistic murders happening in the woods. Oskar feels safe around Eli, but she might know more about the killings than she lets on.

The element that took this show to the next level was the special effects. There was fog, strobe lights, and blood – lots of blood. While the show was never scary, it was suspenseful and gory at times.

Please be mindful of this if you are sensitive to these images. However, it was never over-the-top and was done at meaningful moments.


Something that was different was the structure of the play. There were a lot of quick scenes at the beginning, resembling how a movie might jump around to introduce all the characters. It was a little difficult to learn character names and understand how everyone was connected at first. By the end of the first half, though, you’ll be caught up with everything.

There were quite a few fight scenes throughout the performance, and each one looked realistic. Every movement had been rehearsed to perfection. Especially the character of Eli, who would jump onto people’s backs and crawl around them. It was quite impressive and a bit unsettling at the same time.

This play will make you squirm, shock you, and feel all warm inside. If you want to get yourself into the Halloween spirit, then sink your teeth into “Let the Right One In” at Good Luck Macbeth.


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The Details

–          Web: www.goodluckmacbeth.org/
–          Written by: Jack Thorne (Based on the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist)
–          Directed by: Joe Atack
Dates: 10/4, 10/5, 10/10, 10/11, 10/12, 10/13, 10/16, 10/17, 10/18, 10/19, 10/23, 10/24, 10/25, 10/26 –          House Opens at 7 PM –          Show Begins at 7:30 PM –           denotes Sunday Matinee
–          * House Opens at 1:30 PM
–          * Show Begins at 2 PM
–          $18 in Advance
–          $20 at the Door
–          $30 V.I.P. Champagne Seating


  • Courtney Ropp as Eli
  • Jayton Newbury as Oskar
  • Dave Richards as Hakan
  • Heather Eaton as Mum
  • Taylor Gerhard as Micke
  • Jasper Unger as Johnny
  • Nick Josten as Halmberg
  • Kevin McCray as Kurt/Dad/Jocke/Nils
  • James Jackson as Torkel/Mr. Avila/Janne/Stefan
  • Robert Zellers as Jimmy
Kylie Burns
Kylie Burns
Kylie Burns has been living in Reno for over two decades. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and an MFA in Creative Writing. Her non-fiction work can also be found in Broadway Baby. When she isn't reviewing art and culture events in Reno, she's hogging the spotlight in karaoke or trying her hand at mixology.