Saturday, January 18, 2014

Repertory Phils. opens 2014 with a thriller "Wait Until Dark"

When I first saw the line up of Repertory this season, I thought Wait Until Dark is a horror story. On its opening night, I was bracing myself what kind of horror I'm going to see. It turns out that it was a crime-thriller.

Wait Until Dark is a 1966 play by Frederick Knott. It was given a movie adaptation a year later starring Audrey Hepburn, Richard Crenna, Alan Arkin, etc. In 1998, it was revived in Broadway with a cast including Marisa Tomei and Quentin Tarantino.

What impresses me about the story is the conflict of the main character Susy, a blind housewife(played by Liesl Batucan) being targeted by con-men. Her disability is also an obstacle/conflict and as well as the three con-men. The cast was chosen well for the play.

Arnel Carrion plays Roat, one of the con-men. Roat is the representation of any crime-thriller as a dangerous man you shouldn't get involved with. Joel Trinidad plays the Mike Trenton, one of the con-men and doubles as one of the police officers.

Robbie Guevarra plays Croker, another con-man and also doubles as one of the police officers. Robbie provides a little laugh in this serious story. Making her debut in a straight play is Daniella Gana as Gloria, neighbor of Susy. I saw her performed in a title role in Alice In Wonderland.She proved that she can now do regular productions of Repertory besides the Children's Theater. She is progressing now at a young age. I look forward to see more of her in productions like these.

Catch Wait Until Dark at Onstage this month for the opening season of Repertory Phils.

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