Wait Until Dark – Review by Bonnie Goldberg

Possessing all your senses is a wonderful way of life, enabling you to see, hear, taste, smell and touch all aspects of your world. What would happen if one of those senses was no longer available? How might you cope if your eyes no longer functioned?

The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre has conjured up one frightening possibility in the suspenseful mystery ”Wait Until Dark” by Frederick Knott, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher. Weekends until Saturday, February 2, you are invited into the unseeing world of Susan Hendrix whose husband Sam has unwittingly placed her front and center into danger with a capital D.

Julie Lemos’s Susan prides herself on how well she can cope with her blindness, maneuvering around her Greenwich Village apartment, with Sam’s help (Michael Gilbride) and the aid of Gloria, the teenager who lives upstairs. Allie Lesser’s Gloria has a little fun at Susan’s expense, naughty and nasty, deliberately moving the furniture and sneaking into Susan’s place to cause mischief.

When Sam, a photographer, comes home with a doll in his suitcase, a doll filled with heroin, he becomes the target of a theft ring. Gloria steals the doll, innocently putting the Hendrix couple in the center of a hurricane of terror.

When a trio of men appear at Susan’s door, she doesn’t know who to trust: an old Army buddy of her husband’s (Dave Wall), a policeman (Russell Fish) and a fellow (Josh Luszczak) claiming that his wife is having an affair with Sam. Will Susan’s lack of sight help her elude the thieves? Can Gloria be depended on to aid Susan as she fights for her life? Will a series of convoluted clues lead Susan to outwit her frightening foes?

Kris McMurray builds the terror as he directs this mounting mystery where Susan’s ingenuity and ability to keep her cool may be responsible for keeping herself alive.

For tickets ($35), call the CT Cabaret, 31-33 Webster Square Road, Berlin at 860-829-1218 or online at www.ctcabaret.com. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7:15 p.m. Remember to bring goodies to share at your table or plan to buy dessert and drinks at the concession stand.

Watch how the recovery of a doll leads to intrigue and murder as Julie Lemos’s Susan plays her own ingenious game of cat and multiple mice.