Firehouse Theatre’s ‘Wait Until Dark’ hopes to leave you on the edge of your seat
Firehouse Theater’s Wait Until Dark paints a dark picture in a vintage world, and you’ve still got time to catch it before it leaves theaters mid October.
Directed by David Emerson Toney and based on the Audrey Hepburn flick by the same name, Wait Until Dark is set in 1970′s Greenwich Village. A thriller about Susy, a blind woman, and her frightening experiences with a killer, Roat (Frank Britton), intent on laying claim to a drug-stuffed doll in Susy’s apartment.
However, when the doll is nowhere to be found, Roat escalates his efforts and Susy’s life hangs in the balance.
Ciara McMillian, the lead actress who plays Susy, discussed the trials surrounding acting in a thriller. After being involved in such previous productions as The Color Purple and Arabian Nights, Wait Until Dark presented a new challenge in the constant state of suspense the actors are in, especially Susy.
McMillian said it is imperative to maintain a sense of novelty for the sake of other actors, the audience, and herself. “The same way it has to be new for them, it has to be new for you.”
“In order to play a role like this you have to be disciplined because you have to constantly remind yourself: I am playing someone who cannot see,” said McMillian on playing a blind character.
But the actresses real life ability to see does not stop her from relating to her character, McMillian and Susy find common ground in that they are both not easily daunted.
“Susy is a fighter at all times,” said McMillian. “She’s very courageous and willing to take things on that come at her as they come at her one by one. And that’s always been the type of person I’ve been.”
Susy’s courage is showcased by the way in which she does not default to the role of the victim, said McMillian. The show begins with Susy’s husband, Sam (Saidu Tejan-Thomas), acquiring the mysterious doll stuffed with drugs. Little do Susy and Sam know that a criminal and his cohorts are after the same prize.
Roat lies to the unsuspecting Susy and gains access to her house; however, when he cannot locate it, his strategies escalate from snide trickery to a game of cat and mouse culminating in a fight for Susy’s life.
But don’t think this is a simple story of a predator and his prey. Though Susy cannot see, she still possesses her cunning and ingenuity along with other physical advantages that come out when faced with a challenge.
This creates a constant back and forth between Susy and Roat, making for a play that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
The show is not for the weak hearted, said McMillian. “The play is a heart stopper, it’s something that will make you cringe. It makes you walk out of the theater realizing why you like live theater.”
Wait Until Dark runs through October 18 at Firehouse Theatre, you can pick up tickets here.
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