Last night the lights went out in the Annenberg School Theater as Quadramics' suspenseful drama Wait Until Dark introduced the audience into the world of the blind. While the dialogue and plot were occasionally too contrived, the play still proved interesting and intriguing. The play makes many interesting comparisons between the blind and the sighted with its prevalent who's-conning-who theme, a coffee table which appears to have eyes when the stage is dark, and a blind woman who is married to a photographer. The entire show takes place in the apartment of a blind woman named Susy, played by College freshman Andrea Kemp. Alone, she attempts to outwit three con men and foil their plans to take a doll stuffed with heroine from her. While Susy's blindness frustrates and often intimidates her, she is ultimately shrewd in handling the exceptional situation. Susy's actions and lines, from groping on the ground for dropped objects to her fears of being left alone in her apartment, poignantly portray the sightless world of the blind. In addition, the intruiging lighting effects, such as scenes performed with minimal or no light, enhanced the dramatic effect of Susy's performance. Overall, the characters were outstanding. Much credit goes to Kemp, who succeeded in the difficult role of playing a blind character. She was convincingly scared, confused and clever when necessary. Wharton senior Jeff Johnson was also exceptional as the chillingly psychotic and sinister con man Roat, especially in the final scene. Kudos also go to Wharton freshman Samer Zureikat and College sophomore Tom Shotkin for their potrayal of the two other duplicitous con men, Mike and Carlino. College freshman Emily Gold also did a commendable job in her role as the obnoxious, yet cute, 12-year-old Gloria. The only drawback of Gold's performance was her occasional overenthusiasm, which can be attributed to the inconsistences in her lines. Wait Until Dark continues tonight, tomorrow night and November 14-16 at the Annenberg School Theater. Tickets are available on Locust Walk and at the Annenberg Box Office.Comments powered by Disqus
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