Wait Until Dark
Sponsor: Northwest Community Bank
Presented by: Charlotte Hungerford Hospital
Approximate running time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
By Frederick Knott, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
WAIT UNTIL DARK, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher, was originally produced by the Geffen Playhouse, Randall Arney, Artistic Director; Ken Novice, Managing Director, Behnaz Ataee, General Manager; Regina Miller, Chief Development Officer
Forty-seven years after WAIT UNTIL DARK premiered on Broadway, Jeffrey Hatcher has adapted Frederick Knott's 1966 original, giving it a new setting. In 1944 Greenwich Village, Susan Hendrix, a blind yet capable woman, is imperiled by a trio of men in her own apartment. As the climax builds, Susan discovers that her blindness just might be the key to her escape, but she and her tormentors must wait until dark to play out this classic thriller's chilling conclusion.
"…a vulnerable woman discovering unexpected resources that allow her to turn the tables on her assailants is still the main draw…goosepimply climax…a gripping finish."
"[Hatcher is] unafraid to recognize that the plot machinations can be baldly apparent, so [his] take is not unlike those repurposed urban spaces that retain the visible industrial pipes and paraphernalia as a design statement. While the audience may well see some of the twists coming, that anticipation becomes a part of the thriller mechanism, adding a meta-tinge that lends some ersatz contemporary fizz…satisfyingly tense, evergreen clever, with gratifying thematic undercurrents."
"…reminds CGI-infected audiences that a few shadows, a shiny knife, and compelling characters can still go a long way to create suspense…WAIT UNTIL DARK earns its climax through enthralling, layered characters."
Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.