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“The Haint” ain’t no ordinary ghost story

“The Haint”
Friday and Saturday
10:30 p.m. at CoHo Productions
2257 N.W. Raleigh

For those who’ve yet to see “The Haint” you’ve got only two more nights, and then it’s, as they say in the business, curtains.

“The Haint” is a one-man show about a small Tennessee town, Midway, that has nothing going for it except a ghost, sadly, pathetically named, Bloody Mary.

The story of Bloody Mary, her subsequent haunting and the town’s attempt to profit from her apparition, is told by the numerous town folks. Each has an opinion and each has a story to tell.

The town, the folk and their stories are tied neatly into Troy Mink’s extraordinary Sybil-esque mind and his capacity to switch from one character to the next in a blink of an eye.

At one point the lights go out (on purpose) and the characters converse eerily from the dark. It was difficult to believe there was only one person from whence these voices issued. It was as if he was possessed.

There were a few tech problems, but without fail Mink stayed in character, in town and in the story – it seems he’s “lived” with these characters for a while.

Mink channels a sheriff, the mayor, tourists and a slew of other characters as easily as juggling helium-filled balloons.

Unfortunately, the town’s investment in the haunted house, like the knuckle berry bushes, ends up a failure, much, much unlike this show.

The last days of “The Haint” are this Friday and Saturday at 10:30 p.m. at CoHo Productions new digs, 2257 N.W. Raleigh. For tickets, $10, and information, call 503-222-COHO.