The play that the New York Post deemed “a first rate shocker,” “Wait Until Dark” is a suspense about a blind housewife named Suzy who finds herself terrorized by three strange men. The men search for a doll that has been filled with heroin and little does Suzy know, her husband has mistakenly transported the doll across the Canadian border and into their apartment. Suzy must rely on her instincts, with the help of a neighbor girl and the cover of darkness to outwit the dangerous strangers and protect her life.
To be directed by theater veteran Miguel Faustmann, “Wait Until Dark”’s masterfully constructed thriller with plenty of intrigue and action promises to move the audiences from one moment of suspense to another as it builds toward an electrifying, breath-stopping final scene.
The cast of “Wait Until Dark” consists of several colorful and delightful characters. Joel Trinidad shall take on the lead role of Mike Talman. A professional con man, he has recently been out of jail. He is charming and seems sincere but with a dark side — a good liar with a ruthless streak. As his name implies he is tall at least taller than Suzy. Mike Talman is not his real name. It is a name given to him by Roat for the con. Robbie Guevara shall play the role of Sgt. Carlino. A bit of a thug, he thinks he’s a criminal mastermind. Recently out of jail, Carlino is Mike Talman’s partner, but he’s not as likeable as Mike. He is older, and physically out of shape. He is a follower, not a leader. You get the feeling he does not like what he does, but doesn’t know how to do anything else. Roat has given him this name for the purposes of this con. And he should look good in a hat. Jamie Wilson plays the role of Harry Roat Jr., a very creepy sociopathic con man. He is a ‘loose cannon’ that reacts suddenly, violently and without conscience. He is the ringleader of this con. He lived through the beatnik era and never emerged. He’s only interested in himself and will do anything to further his lust for drugs and money. We know that he is capable of murder. We should be afraid of him but also be surprised by him. He plays himself and two other characters in this play. Liesl Batucan plays the lead role of Suzy Hendrix. Recently blinded in a car accident, Suzy is still adjusting to her blindness. Very likeable, she has an air of innocence, but an inner strength as well. She has a good sense of humor but is not silly. With a strong need for independence, she still relies heavily on her husband Sam. Smart, very trusting of others and a perfectionist, she is small in stature, and physically vulnerable. Sam and Suzy have no children. Arnel Carrion plays the role of Sam Hendrix, Suzy’s husband. He is a friendly, outgoing professional photographer and a former Marine. He is very organized, kindly, trustworthy and almost fatherly toward Suzy. We trust him immensely. He is very good with Gloria, the neighbor and will act as a go between with her and Suzy. Dani Gana plays the role of Gloria, the upstairs neighbor to Suzy and Sam. Sam has been paying her to help Suzy with chores and shopping. She doesn’t have much experience around adults other than Sam and Suzy. Her father doesn’t live in the house with her mother and her and we get the impression her mother is more interested in men than Gloria. A feisty, independent thinker, she doesn’t like to be told what to do and acts out when she is upset. She really wants Sam to like her and is very strong when put in charge.
Co-presented by the City of Makati, “Wait Until Dark” is both exciting and at times, scary with just the right amount of intrigue and excitement for your thrilling experience. The show runs from January 17 to February 9, 2014.
All performances are at Onstage, 2/F, Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas corner Legazpi St., Makati City.
The artistic and creative team of “Wait Until Dark” is led by Baby Barredo (Artistic Director), Miguel Faustmann (Director), Teresa Barrozo (Sound and Music Design), Miguel Faustmann (Set Designer), and John Batalla (Lighting Designer). The production staff is composed of Gidget Tolentino (Production Manager), Gold Soon (Stage Manager), Pol Roxas (Sound Technician), Pablito Salvador (Lighting Technician) and Adul Lasin (Set Execution and Scenic Artist). The marketing, sales and publicity team is led by David Bianco (Marketing Director), Toots Tolentino (PR Director), Oliver Usison (Marketing Assistant), Marie Talay (Cashier) and Rose Silva (Sales Supervisor), John Alaras (Design Director), Jojo Mamangun (Photographer), and Lightshapers/ Repertory Philippines (Video Production).
To accommodate all inquiries, Repertory Philippines is now accepting reservations for schools, civic groups and corporate sponsorships. Tickets are available through Ticketworld at 891-9999, or via http://www.ticketworld.com.ph/ “Wait Until Dark” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.