I headed back to The Fulton to continue my “Spooky Season Showings” (which I am now calling my tradition of watching a scary movie/show/production every night this month) for opening night of Wait Until Dark.
I’ll admit I was a little worried about seeing the show because the preview art is a little creepy, and I do NOT do any sort of scary things involving dolls, children’s toys, etc.
However, Wait Until Dark turned out to be my perfect Halloween season show. It’s centered around a blind housewife whose husband has mistakenly ended up with a doll that a gang of thugs is desperately after and will stop at nothing to get back. It’s suspenseful and thrilling with “whodunnit” chills, and the element of darkness only amps up the drama.
Halfway through the show, I realized I had seen the production before … way back when I was a little girl and visiting my grandma. I used to love watching classic movies with her, especially those with Audrey Hepburn, and the stage play is based on the movie Wait Until Dark. Hepburn was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1967 for her performance.
While the show does not star Hepburn, it does star Katherine Fried who is just as much of a treat to watch. She was phenomenal in the Fulton’s production of Once in April, and she delivered another top-notch performance in Wait Until Dark. Fried performs with such authentic charm and grace, it’s hard to remember you’re watching a performance and not just hanging out with her. And of course, the rest of the cast is extremely talented too, because you are at The Fulton after all.
The production kicks off the Fulton’s 2019/2020 Ellen Groff Studio Series, the Theatre’s collection of smaller performances. The line-up includes more eclectic productions (less mainstream than you’ll find on the main stage) in a more intimate setting. It’s a great way to still enjoy the Theatre if you’re not exactly into musicals or classic shows. I’ve been to several Studio shows and have been amazed at how they transform the space to fit each production’s atmosphere. Seriously, they built a bar for a St. Patrick’s Day show.