“Wait Until Dark” -Three Notch Theatre Performance Review

Hello, my lovely readers! I was on vacation, which is why this post is delayed, so I apologize (well… #sorrynotsorry since my trip was FABULOUS :D)

The current show at the Three Notch Theatre in Lexington Park, MD is “Wait Until Dark” by Frederick Knott- a thriller, full of suspense and drama! This show runs October 5th-21st, 2018.

Wait Until Dark is a suspenseful thriller, set in 1960’s New York. Synopsis:  Susy is a newly blind woman whose husband brings home a doll from a business trip that, unbeknownst to him, holds something very valuable to some unsavory characters hell-bent on getting it back. The play matches their criminal intentions against what should be a very vulnerable woman–except she has a few things in mind to even the playing field with the help of the upstairs neighbor girl.” (from www.newtowneplayers.org)

The cast and crew, along with their talented director DJ Lavery and assistant director Chris Maulden, have created an attention-grabbing performance that will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time, wondering what each character’s next move is. 

Three men at the beginning of the show will make audience members squirm because of an unsettling sense of danger they feel. Kenneth Faison, Michael Sokoloff, and James LePore have each taken on the creepy mindsets of these criminals and put on strong performances.

Audiences are later introduced to Susy Hendrix (played by Stephanie Dianne Taubert), a newly blind woman who has learned to make her way around the apartment based on the specific placements of each item in the rooms. She has her own ways of handling each situation that comes up (whether it’s remembering a phone number or finding a specific object, for example). Taubert does an amazing job portraying a blind woman, despite not being blind herself. Sam Hendrix (played by Thom Esposito) is Susy’s loving photographer husband who is tricked into leaving Susy home alone to go to work, despite Susy hoping for otherwise.

The young neighbor Gloria (in this performance, played by Eva Reynolds, other nights played by Madysen Maulden) is somewhat bratty and attached to Sam. A few of her antics cause issues for Susy throughout the performance, but these said antics are also a tool used later in the show.

The set and props make the audience feel “at home” in Sam and Susy’s New York City apartment, while simultaneously making them aware of the uncomfortable situation Susy is involved in throughout the play.

These effects throughout the production were some of the best that I’ve seen in a Newtowne Players production. I don’t want to spoil a lot of the effects (you’ll just have to see the show!), but the use of various light sources and weather conditions was spectacular and drew my attention to other aspects of the show besides just the actors. It added to the suspense as well!

Overall, this performance is a MUST-SEE for any drama or suspense fans! A perfect show to see during this spooky month of October.

The show runs October 5th-21st, 2018 (Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 3:30 PM). Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for members of Newtowne Players, $12 for students/seniors (65+)/military and $10 for children 12 and under. If you go on Thursday, tickets are $10 for EVERYONE!

If you are interested in buying tickets and/or to find out more information, go to https://www.newtowneplayers.org/tickets.html!

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