I just love fall. I enjoy the drop in temperature, the rain, the leaves’ new and vibrant colors. I also adore how all of this works together to make it so much cozier to enjoy indoor activities like watching a movie – especially a creepy one. I mean, it looks dark and ominous outside, why not enjoy that instead of longing endlessly for the returning sun in the spring?
As I told you in a previous post, my sister and I headed to Barter Theatre a few days ago to catch a couple of their productions. First we saw, “Wait Until Dark” and later that evening we saw, “The Producers.” I had visited Barter Theatre many times in the past but she had never been so I was glad that she was able to go with me this time as it’s such a huge part of Virginia’s [and many well-known actors’] history.
Many well-known stars of stage, screen and television have performed early in their careers at Barter, including: Gregory Peck, Ernest Borgnine, Patricia Neal, Ned Beatty, Hume Cronyn, Gary Collins, Frances Fisher, Larry Linville, John Glover, Jim Varney, and Wayne Knight. Will Bigham, the 2007 winner of “On The Lot,” acted at Barter Theatre for several years.
“Wait Until Dark” isn’t the type of play that I would typically choose to see, but I loved how it’s content and theme was so much different than that of “The Producers.” I felt that two productions, so different from one another, would be a great way to introduce my sister to the theater. She would have to like at least one, right?
It’s A Great Time Of Year For Suspense With “Wait Until Dark”
Murder, secret identities, and a switchblade named Geraldine sets the stage for this white-knuckle thriller that will have you screeching with delight! In a new, fresh adaptation of Frederick Knott’s original compelling mystery that will have you shrieking out loud, this is the story of Susan Hendrix, a blind yet capable woman, is imperiled by a trio of men in her own apartment. As the climax builds to its unknown conclusion, 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.
“Wait Until Dark,” is a great play to see for those that like mysteries and smaller productions. The few actors that starred in this play were fun to watch. Kim Morgan Dean, as Susan, was fantastic. I can’t imagine how hard it is to play a blind person without locking eyes accidentally with people in the audience. Yes, that is how my mind works.
ALERT! Baby Spoilers In The Following Paragraph
April and I actually sat beside two people at “The Producers” who had also seen “Wait Until Dark” earlier in the day just as we had. So we all discussed the earlier play and each of us wanted to know more about the doll. Where did it come from originally? How did everyone track it’s whereabouts? Why did anyone even want it as it was so creepy looking? Some people love to be given the whole story and others want to be able to fill in their own pieces. I have thought about the doll and its back story ever since seeing the play. So, “Wait Until Dark” has definitely been a conversation piece.
“Wait Until Dark” was actually my sister’s favorite production of the day, and I preferred, “The Producers.” So, I am really glad that I chose 2 such vastly different examples of theater for her big introduction.
You can see “Wait Until Dark” now through November 8th at Barter Theatre. Get your tickets here.
Get Social With Barter Theatre