(Eric Grode’s article appeared in The New York Times, 1/14; via Pam Green.)
Most of us wouldn’t go back to middle school age for 15 minutes if we could avoid it. Rebecca Benson has done it voluntarily since 2013 in “Let the Right One In” — which sounds awful until you realize that her character has been that age for nearly 400 years.
Ms. Benson stars as the eternally adolescent Eli in the National Theater of Scotland’s production of this ice-cold supernatural drama, which begins previews at St. Ann’s Warehouse on Tuesday after acclaimed runs in London and Scotland. Eli’s fateful friendship with the put-upon boy Oskar, made famous in the 2008 Swedish film of the same name and the subsequent Hollywood remake, “Let Me In,” has the usual complications of young love and another hurdle — Eli is a vampire.
“For me, it feels like a really messed-up version of ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ ” Ms. Benson says of their relationship, which is further muddied by her longtime procurer-enabler, who masquerades as her father. “It’s like I’ve fallen in love with Oskar and am going through this messy divorce with my 70-year-old ex-husband.”