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‘Wait Till Darkish’ psychological thriller intrigues at Bowie Neighborhood Theatre


Frederick Knott’s Wait Till Darkish is a rigorously timed psychological thriller. 4 heels, one in all whom is rarely seen, problem a poor, defenseless blind lady for possession of a doll she doesn’t have and has by no means seen. To make issues worse, one of many dangerous guys is a psychopathic killer.

How does one take a play like this to neighborhood theater and make it entertaining? Ask Director Ilene Chalmers, who succeeds within the feat at Bowie Playhouse.

Chalmers takes the tried and true one-bedroom condo set with a staircase that features an unseen off-stage bed room. The unseen provides rigidity all through the play. Fred Nelson’s sounds — phone rings, steps, knocks, and other people coming into the constructing from the skin — add zing. Bowie Playhouse employees deal with the lighting, which is so essential because the course of the play slowly shifts from that of those that can see and one who can not. The close to darkness and darkness additionally construct suspense within the viewers.

Gemma Davimes (Susy Hendrix) in ‘Wait Till Darkish.’ Picture by Reed Sigmon.

You might be conversant in the story. A photographer getting back from Montreal is given a doll by a mysterious lady on the airport. Being the individual he’s, the photographer accepts the doll and provides the thriller lady his deal with so she will be able to decide it up later. That night time, the thriller lady goes to the condo for the doll, however it will probably’t be discovered.

The story revolves round Susy Hendrix (Gemma Davimes), a newlywed who was blinded lower than two years in the past in an auto accident. She and her husband, Sam (Joseph Downs), reside in a one-bedroom flat in Greenwich Village within the fall of 1966. Sam is a Marine warfare veteran turned photographer. He’s a workaholic with a darkroom at house and a studio inside Susy’s strolling distance.

Davimes makes use of Susy’s frustrations along with her visible impairment to disclose her vulnerabilities. Her Susy is a resourceful, vital thinker. She takes Susy from naive to survivor and ultimately turns darkness into an asset — the ultimate 10 minutes are darkish with a showdown between Susy and Harry Roat Jr. (Andrew Rappa).

Randy Lindsay (Sgt. Carlino), Andrew Rappa (Harry Roat Jr.), and Anthony Cosgrove (Mike Talman) in ‘Wait Till Darkish.’ Picture by Reed Sigmon.

Whereas Davimes’ likability is essential for the position of Susy, Roat is a very despicable character, and Rappa is great within the position. The suspense of the play is reliant on Roat’s macabre efforts and plausible performing. Ultimately, Roat lastly lets go of the villain’s sadistic tendencies to resolve the manufacturing.

The little woman upstairs, Gloria (Samantha Clark), is smitten with Sam, however is both jealous or hateful towards Susy. At one level Gloria has a mood tantrum and throws silverware, together with a pointy knife, throughout the ground. When Susy threatens to inform Sam and ban the brat from the house, Gloria experiences a change of coronary heart. She aids Susy by means of the remainder of the play.

Clark, a fourth-grader, performed her position with the ability of somebody rather more skilled.

Samantha Clark (Gloria) and Gemma Davimes (Susy Hendrix) in ‘Wait Till Darkish.’ Picture by Reed Sigmon.

Anthony Cosgrove, a highschool pupil, does a wonderful job of portraying the ethical dilemma baddie Mike Talman faces between his actions and his pondering.

For all of the robust factors in Davimes’ efficiency, one thing stood out as odd. In Act I, her character moved tentatively across the set rigorously with measured steps. The nasty little woman upstairs would come down to assist the couple with chores, however she would transfer furnishings round creating issues for Susy. However in Act II, Susy was operating across the condo.

Combat Choreographer Tom Plott had his work lower out for him on this manufacturing. He was tasked with designing and coaching an inexperienced solid in combat scenes, one in all which pitted a blind individual in opposition to a sighted one in complete darkness. It didn’t work this time. The combat scenes lacked realism and had been unbelievable.

When you get pleasure from utilizing your thoughts, this play is for you. Nearly every part comes collectively.

Working Time: Two hours 10 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.

Wait Till Darkish performs by means of October 30, 2022 — Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Sunday matinees at 2 PM — offered by Bowie Neighborhood Theatre acting at The Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, MD. Tickets (common admission, $22; seniors 62+ and college students, $17) could be bought on-line.

COVID Security: Bowie Neighborhood Theatre requires that patrons be vaccinated on the time of coming into the theater. Masks are non-compulsory however inspired for all company

Co-Producers: Alan and Penni Barnett; Director Ilene Chalmers; Assistant Director: Janet Constable Preston; Stage Supervisor: Lori Braun; Set Designer: David Chalmers; Sound Designer: Fred Nelson; Lighting Designer: Bowie Playhouse employees; Combat Choreographer: Tom Plott; Particular Results: David Chalmers. Gamers: Mike Talman, Anthony Cosgrove; Sgt. Carlino, Randy Lindsay; Harry Roat, Jr., Andrew Rappa, Susy Hendrix, Gemma Davimes; Sam Hendrix, Joseph Downs; Gloria, Samantha Clark; Police Officer 1, Daniel Monteith; Police Officer 2, Cathy Holmes.

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