Few plays in the American theater pose greater challenges — both dramatically and technically — than Frederick Knott's 1966 suspense thriller "Wait Until Dark."
Over the decades, several local theater groups have taken on this arduous but potentially greatly rewarding task. The latest is the Westminster Community Theater, which has mounted an ambitious production under Karla Abrams' astute direction that overcomes most of its pitfalls.
Knott, who also wrote "Dial M for Murder," spins his suspense-packed story around Susy, a blind woman faced with three murderous thugs searching for a heroin-filled doll. It's supposedly in the possession of her unwitting photographer husband, Sam, who's been lured away by the baddies so they may confront the sightless woman alone.
Susy, however, has been well conditioned by her retired Marine husband and poses a formidable opponent, especially when the room is darkened, leveling the playing field.
Knott's storyline is established amid a sea of red herrings as the three heavies, wary of one another, plot their strategy. This sequence may confuse most first-time viewers, but it's necessary to set up the suspenseful action that follows.