Wait Until Dark

by  Frederick Knott

Full Length Play  /  6m, 1f, 1girl(s)

A West End and Broadway hit, this masterfully constructed thriller moves from one moment of suspense to another as it builds toward an electrifying, breath-stopping final scene. "WAIT UNTIL DARK is a tense thriller." —NY World-Telegram & Sun. "…a first rate shocker… the suspense drama we've long awaited eagerly." —NY Post.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 1f, 1girl(s)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller

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A sinister con man, Roat, and two ex-convicts, Mike and Carlino, are about to meet their match. They have traced the location of a mysterious doll, which they are much interested in, to the Greenwich Village apartment of Sam Hendrix and his blind wife, Susy. Sam had apparently been persuaded by a strange woman to transport the doll across the Canadian border, not knowing that sewn inside were several grams of heroin. When the woman is murdered the situation becomes more urgent. The con man and his ex-convicts, through a cleverly constructed deception, convince Susy that the police have implicated Sam in the woman's murder, and the doll, which she believes is the key to his innocence, is evidence. She refuses to reveal its location, and with the help of a young neighbor, figures out she is the victim of a bizarre charade. But when Roat kills his associates, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues between the two. Susy knows the only way to play fair is by her rules, so when darkness falls she turns off all the lights leaving both of them to maneuver in the dark until the game ends.

"A Broadway hit, this masterfully constructed thriller moves from one moment of suspense to another as it builds toward an electrifying, breath-stopping final scene. "WAIT UNTIL DARK is a tense thriller." —NY World-Telegram & Sun. "Frederick Knott is a master craftsman…" —Women's Wear Daily. "…a first rate shocker…the suspense drama we've long awaited eagerly." —NY Post.

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