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'Wait Until Dark' Bob Suh

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Wait Until Dark

Every Fri. and Sat. from Sept. 7-29
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from Sept. 9-30
2 p.m.
$18-$22
Theater

Popularized by the 1967 film version starring Audrey Hepburn, Wait Until Dark remains one of the most renowned of stage thrillers, a claustrophobic potboiler pitting a blind housewife named Suzy against three menacing criminals. As written by Frederick Knott, the play is a masterwork of escalating tension, as the crooks initially assume false identities in an effort to dupe their intended victim. When their ruse begins to fall apart, more desperate measures are enacted. Jeffrey Hatcher’s 2013 update of the play retained all of the essential ingredients of nerve-rattling suspense while reinforcing the sinister atmosphere with classic noir sensibilities. This revision of Wait Until Dark serves as the basis for Theatre in the Round Players’ season-opener, a choice that should prove particularly intense within the intimate confines of the company’s signature circular stage. Hatcher’s version features a progressive depiction of the main protagonist. In an empowering break from the cliched role of an imperiled woman holding out for rescue, Suzy must utilize her own resourcefulness to turn the tables on her tormentors, particularly during the riveting climax in which Suzy relies on her blindness to make one heart-racing life-or-death gambit.