If you like sitting on the edge of your seat and biting your nails, you won't want to miss "Night Watch," opening April 29th at the Playhouse. It’s full of suspense, some terror and a whole lot of plot twists and turns that keep you guessing, maybe scared, but thoroughly entertained. The play was written by Lucille Fletcher and was the basis for a 1973 movie by the same name starring the late Elizabeth Taylor.
The plot moves quickly and grippingly: Troubled by unsettling memories and vague fears, Elaine Wheeler is unable to sleep and paces the living room of her Manhattan townhouse. Her husband, John, tries to comfort her but when he steps away for a moment, Elaine screams as she sees (or believes she sees) the body of a dead man in the window across the way. The police are called, but find nothing except an empty chair. Elaine’s terror grows and shortly after that she experiences another equally frightening trauma.
By now the police are skeptical and pay no heed to her frantic pleas. John, claiming that Elaine may be on the verge of a breakdown, calls in a lady psychiatrist, who agrees with his suggestion that Elaine should commit herself to a sanitarium for treatment.
The cast of characters actively adds to the suspense: Elaine’s old friend and house guest Blanche; Appleby, the inquisitive and rather sinister man who lives next door; the nosy German maid Helga; and Lieutenant Walker, the beleaguered and skeptical police investigator. An array of other interesting characters contributes to the deepening suspense and mystery of the play as it draws towards its riveting and chilling climax.
Tickets are $18 each and may be purchased online or at the box office on Old Kyle Road. The box office is open prior to each performance weekend during the following days and hours: Wednesday and Thursday, 2 - 5 PM, Fridays 2 - 6 PM. Call 512-847-8015 for more information.
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