Darkness brings the best sight. Photographers create an environment
of absolute darkness to bring out the image captured in the film and
printed on paper in the process of development. Ironical as this may
sound, darkness does reveal.
An ignorant and helpful photographer, Sam, on a return trip from Amsterdam
to London, brings home a bear filled with drug. The soft toy draws attention
from innocent children as well as drug smugglers. After the mysterious
loss of the bear, various guests, made up of three crooks, began to
visit and lure Sam's visually-handicapped wife into telling them the
bear's whereabouts. Each with their unique characteristics, the three
crooks symbolise a range of human deepest thoughts and motives while
they plot and scheme their way into the couple's household and private
life. For them, the search for drug and money is just a struggle for
the survival of the most ruthless.
Their plot would not have been feasible without the underlying tension
of distrust, pride and vulnerability between the couple. The wife readily
swings into paranoia every time there's a break in her routine such
as a change in the way things are placed at home. It doesn't help that
Suzy, the wife, prefers to approach strangers instead of a familiar
yet much resented female neighbour for help. She is handicapped more
by her pride than her blindness.
The relationship between husband and wife is subjected to a test here.
Trust, and the breach of it- brings totally different consequences.
The same applies in the relationship among the crooks.
While Suzy and the crooks try to outwit each other through their schemes,
they also take turns to become the ignorant party- the one who is in
the dark. Sometimes the one who is deemed vulnerable may not be the
most ignorant one. They may know exactly just where danger lurks. The
blind can lead or mislead the blind, at times.
When is one truly comfortable in the dark? Perhaps only when one is
Darkness experienced by the eyes is not quite the same as darkness filled
in the heart. "Wait Until Dark"
a play about exposing of the darkness in human heart. A heart filled
with greed, selfishness, suspicion, jealousy, fear, deception and pride.
To be in the dark is to be ignorant, but darkness also exposes and reveals
hidden truths. It all depends on how darkness is used, it may be the
ideal condition for some and absolute no-no for others. The play seeks
to explore the state of 'darkness' in different contexts. Catch the
production for a thought-provoking experience. The play is adapted from
an English play written by Frederick Knott.