Our local theater, the Playhouse on the Green, is in its last two days of its current production, “Wait Until Dark.”
I went with friends last night. Honestly, I wouldn’t have gone if I hadn’t been invited along — it just wasn’t on my mind. I wasn’t familiar with the original 1960s Broadway play, and had seen only a piece of the Audrey Hepburn movie on Turner Classic Movies, and it didn’t leave much of an impression.
So I’m glad I went last night. I’m only sorry I can only urge you to go now that the play’s run is nearly over.
Staging a thriller is a big challenge — you don’t have all those tricks that filmmakers can employ. So hats off to the company for such an ambitious undertaking, and with such good results, particularly in the second act when all the first act’s exposition pays off.
One artistic decision — based, I’m sure, on the fact that the protagonist is blind — was to design the set and costumes with as little color as possible. The set, a basement apartment set in mid-1960s Greenwich Village, looked almost like a Honeymooners clip.
But it’s the first time I can say I saw the movie in color and the play in black-and-white.