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The 39 Steps at The Firehouse Center
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The 39 Steps at The Firehouse CenterFirehouse Center for the arts presents

Frederick Knott's "Wait Until Dark"

November 14-24

A con man, two ex-cons, a doll and a blind woman. Let the playing field be level when the lights go out.
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Frederick Knott's
Wait Until Dark

November 14-17 and 21-24
Thu-Sat evenings at 8pm
Sunday matinees at 3pm

Directed by Kimm Wilkinson

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.

"…a first rate shocker…the suspense drama we've long awaited eagerly." —NY Post.

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.

A deadly game of cat and mouse ensues between Roat and Susy but she 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.

Many people are familiar with the 1967 movie with Audrey Hepburn as the blind Susy Hendrix, Alan Arkin as the supremely evil Henry Roat and Richard Crenna as Mike Talman, the sort-of crook who can't be quite as crooked as he needs to be. Hepburn was nominated for both the Academy Award and Golden Globe for and for Best Actress. The film ranked tenth on Bravo’s 100 Scariest Movie Moments for its climactic scene.

There are not a lot of places to hide in a thriller. There are no jokes, no singing. It's down to the basic struggle and suspense.


A private performance can be arranged for any group of 150 people on the first Saturday for a discounted fee.

This event is produced entirely by the Firehouse.


$25 Non Members

$23 Members, Seniors and Students

$17 All Opening Night Seats


arrow See the trailer from 1967 "Wait Until Dark" with Audrey Heprburn as Susy Hendrix.