Wait Until Dark: Reservoir Dogs meets Hush
Starring Marissa Galloway, Jason Ryan Lovett, Max Marsh, Jared Wilson, Britt Crisp, Matthew Wayne Roberts (Understudy)
Light and Sound Designer/Technical Director: Tor Brown
Scenic Designer: Madylin Sweeten Durrie
Writer: Frederick Knott
Director: Kenneth Rogers
Reservoir Dogs: Criminals trying to pull off a heist, not realizing that they have a psychopath in their crew. Jared Wilson did a brilliant job creating a man that takes pleasure in his power over women. His portrayal gave me a Tarantino psychopath. Very Mr Blonde.
Hush: A deaf woman being hunted by a male predator. But instead of being deaf, she's blind. And instead of 1 man, there's 3.
Set in the 60s, the play is about Suzy Hendrix (Marissa Galloway), a blind woman in her late 20s whose husband, Sam (Mathew Wayne Roberts) has left on a business trip. That night, she is tormented by three criminals (Jason Ryan Lovett, Max Marsh, Jared Wilson) who are looking for a doll that Suzy is supposedly in possession of. With the aid of her emotionally fragile 14 year old neighbor Gloria (Britt Crisp), Suzy must navigate her way through a night she will never forget.
It is profoundly chilling when the three men are all in the room together and Suzy can't tell for sure what is going on. As the audience, you are put in her position of being completely trapped and just that feeling alone is what makes live theatre so special.
The 1st half has quite a lot of build up and I got lost in terms of why exactly the men wanted the doll so much. Regardless, that didn't really have an effect on my enjoyment of the play and in the 2nd half when the climactic ending starts to unfurl, you are at the edge of your seat. It is brilliant theatre to watch and that was worth the price of admission alone.
The set design is remarkably detailed, transporting you to a 60s New York apartment with vintage wallpaper and a retro refrigerator that had a lovely fridge sound effect that sounded like you were going into a walk-in freezer. Kudos to the technical director Tor Brown. The sound of rain falling throughout is something that has stayed in my head since. My suspension of disbelief that it was raining was, suspended.
Marrissa Galloway's performance as Suzy was jaw-dropping in her believably portraying a blind woman which cannot be an easy task on stage, especially when she is on for the majority. This role must be a dream to play for any young actress. There are so many layers within the character you have to convey and all whilst being under a physical handicap, I was blinded by her talent. Gloria played by Britt Crisp as a pigeon-toed nebbish teen, has a wonderful development in her relationship with Suzy as the play progressed.
Jared Wilson as Roat, had a rhythm in his speech that was so peculiar to hear. It felt like he was very much in his element, having the time of his life in his own messed-up world, and that worked wonders for the character. There was a sense, as psychopaths aren't controlled by emotion, will carry on going until they get what they want. They aren't restrained, which is what makes them so terrifying.
There was no curtain call at the end. I suppose i can understand why they wouldn't, the play ends in a somewhat tragic, low spirited manner. But I want to see the audience bow as we applaud. Have I become too accustomed to this?
There were moments when Suzy seemed incredibly observant and then others when she was missing things. If she hear looking out through the curtains and dusting off furniture, she can hear men mouthing and moving around. I wish they had made more of an effort to show they were being careful with not getting caught.
The show is on for one more week, I recommend to see this play more than anything for it's explosive ending.
Go see this show!