Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays @ 8pm
February 16th thru March 25th
The Lounge Theatre
6201 Santa Monica Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90038
Ovation Award Eligible
This performance is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.
| A sinister con man, Roat, and two ex-convicts, Mike and Carlino, are about to meet their match. They have traced the location of a mysterious doll, which they are much interested in, to the Greenwich Village apartment of Sam Hendrix and his blind wife, Susy. Sam had apparently been persuaded by a strange woman to transport the doll across the Canadian border, not knowing that sewn inside were several grams of heroin. When the woman is murdered the situation becomes more urgent. The con man and his ex-convicts, through a cleverly constructed deception, convince Susy that the police have implicated Sam in the woman’s murder, and the doll, which she believes is the key to his innocence, is evidence. She refuses to reveal its location, and with the help of a young neighbor, figures out she is the victim of a bizarre charade. But when Roat kills his associates, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues between the two. Susy knows the only way to play fair is by her rules, so when darkness falls she turns off all the lights leaving both of them to maneuver in the dark until the game ends.
This is a dark drama, in more ways than one. The darkness in which the heroine lives becomes very real. Especially in the final scene, which is played with no lights. And set designer Jennifer Fulmer has managed to fill the tiny stage with a full array of kitchen furnishings, plus a washing machine, a staircase, a small photography studio, and several doors. How the nine actors manage to maneuver around all this without knocking each other over is yet another testament to the directing skill of Cate Caplin.
“Wait Until Dark” is a worthy production of the Athena Theatre Company; it is gripping and well acted, and highly recommended for a cold, rainy night.” — The Ira Fistell Show, KABC Radio 790 AM Review