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Actors Circle presents thriller ‘Wait Until Dark’ at Providence Playhouse in Scranton Jan. 31-Feb. 10

Actors Circle presents thriller ‘Wait Until Dark’ at Providence Playhouse in Scranton Jan. 31-Feb. 10
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From a press release:

Community theatre group Actors Circle will present the Broadway thriller “Wait Until Dark” by Frederick Knott at the Providence Playhouse in Scranton on Thursday, Jan. 31 through Sunday, Feb. 10.

Directed by Kaylah Hodgins, the show features Marnie Azzarelli of Scranton as Susy Hendrix, a blind woman left alone in her apartment to deal with a group of con-men hatching an elaborate scheme. 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. Can Susy outwit the murderous visitors?

Cast members include Chris Eibach, Peter Miles, Rafe Rickard, Abby Hanson, and Michael Madajeski.

As one of the newest members of the Actors Circle board of directors, this will be Hodgins’ directorial debut for Actors Circle. The show is presented through a special grant from Lackawanna County for the Arts and a special arrangement through Samuel French, Inc.

“Wait Until Dark” was first performed on Broadway in 1966 and often revived since then. A film version directed by Terence Young was released in 1967 starring Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, and Richard Crenna. Hepburn was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1967 for her portrayal of Susy.

“Wait Until Dark” runs at the Providence Playhouse (1256 Providence Rd., Scranton) on Thursdays though Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, and 10. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors, and $8 for students, with the exception of Thursday, Jan. 31, when tickets are $8 for general admission and seniors and $6 for students.

For reservations, call 570-342-9707 or e-mail Reservations are held 10 minutes until showtime.

Actors Circle was formed in 1982. A group of actors was sitting in a circle on the floor of the University of Scranton auditorium and decided on the name for their organization before performing their first production, “The Crucible.” Originally, the group was known as the Jefferson Hall Players, but the University asked them to change the name because there was already a small theater group at the University with that same name.

Over the years, Actors Circle has also performed at other venues, such as the Scranton Cultural Center, the Century Club, the Jewish Community Center, Nay Aug Park, the Everhart Museum, the Lackawanna Children’s Library, the Lackawanna County Courthouse, and the Tripp House.

In 1984, Providence Playhouse became home to Actors Circle. In this small intimate theater, productions such as comedies, dramas, classics, musicals, plays from well-known authors, and obscure, but important playwrights have been performed. Actors Circle has also commissioned original works, such as the adaptation of “Frankenstein” by Scranton native Ted LoRusso and an original play by John McInerney. Other theatrical organizations have also been welcomed to perform in the home of Actors Circle, such as DGM Productions, Inc.

The founders’ mission was to keep live theatre accessible to the general public, as well as to educate and enlighten not only audiences, but actors, directors, technical crew, and stage managers as well. Actors Circle continues to strive to fulfill this goal by providing the community with laughter and thought-provoking performances.