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Knott's 'Wait Until Dark' will play from Sept. 27 through Oct. 27 at Sandy theater

COURTESY PHOTO: BRIGHT EYES PHOTOS: NW - The character 'Roat' tries to kill Susy and steal a doll filled with heroin in Frederick Knott's thriller 'Wait Until Dark.'Imagine if the 1990 family film "Home Alone" were a true thriller. Replace young Macaulay Culkin with a newly blind, middle-aged woman and the would-be invaders played by Daniel Stern and Joe Pesci with three murderous Canadians seeking a doll full of cocaine. With that you've got the 1966 Frederick Knott play "Wait Until Dark" which Wolf Pack Theater will present on Friday, Sept. 27.

Theater owner and director Howard Bickle Jr. said he really has a great cast for his fall production. The play holds sentimental value for him since it was the first full production he acted in when he attended Sandy High School, directed by now-retired drama teacher Chris Harris.

"They're such a passionate, friendly group of artists," he said. "It's awesome the way this has come together. The play is my support of Sandy, in a way. Chris was a highly influential teacher in such a supportive way at Sandy High."

Besides the five former students of Harris' involved in "Wait Until Dark," the show also includes the theater's first child actor, Kaia Devaney.

"What she brings to the stage is so fun to watch," Bickle said.

COURTESY PHOTO: BRIGHT EYES PHOTOS: NW - Susy (played by Sharon Beirmann) is a newly blind, but very capable heroine in the 1966 play 'Wait Until Cark.'A thriller with a heavy dose of female empowerment, Bickle felt "Wait Until Dark" would be perfect for this time of year, leading up to Halloween.

It's also a break from the usual think-pieces Wolf Pack is known to produce, like its recent production of "Night, Mother."

The play — which was, itself, made into a film in 1967, starring Audrey Hepburn and Alan Arkin — is more "visually focused" than some, with multiple set homages to the connection between playwright Knott and Alfred Hitchcock and several scenes in which the theater-goer is made well aware of things transpiring that the main heroine Susy, played by Sharon Beirmann, is unaware of.

"It's just a fun show to watch," Bickle noted. "There's not a lot of thinking required from the audience and it's not super philosophical. It's our theater's version of dessert, you might say."

The show will run from Sept. 27 through Oct. 27 with shows at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. matinees on Sundays. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for students and senior citizens. Members of law enforcement, firefighters and veterans are admitted free of charge.

For more information, visit wolfpacktheater.com.

If you go

What: "Wait Until Dark" written by Frederick Knott and directed by Howard Bickle Jr.

When: Sept. 27 - Oct. 27 with shows at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and a matinee at 2 p.m. Sundays

Where: Wolf Pack Theater, 39570 Mount Hood Highway, Sandy.

Cost: Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for students and senior citizens, and members of law enforcement, firefighters and veterans are admitted free of charge.


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