'Angel Street' performance closes out community theatre's season
Published 7:24 pm, Thursday, December 2, 2010
Theater-goers are encouraged to catch a performance of "Angel Street" (also known as Gaslight") at the Westport Community Theatre this month. It is the final play of the year. It debuted this past weekend and runs through Dec. 12.
Written by Patrick Hamilton and directed by Alexander Kulcsar, it is considered by many to be one of the all-time great theatrical masterpieces of suspense -- an enormously entertaining thriller that keeps audiences guessing from the opening chimes of "Big Ben" right through to the shocking ending, according to Westport Community Theatre officials.
Written in the 1930s, the play is set in the mysterious fog-bound world of 1880 London, yet has a distinctively 20th century perspective to both story and characters. Hamilton's play ran on Broadway for 1,295 performances and was adapted into the award-winning movie "Gaslight" (which was the play's original title). "Angel Street" is considered the catalyst for the thriller genre that gave the world such theater world classics as "Dial `M' for Murder," "Wait Until Dark," "Sleuth," "Deathtrap" and many others.
Those that have never seen the movie can made up for it by seeing the Westport Community's Theatre's production. "Angel Street" features quality performances by Fred Tisch, Ann Kinner, Peter Wood, Ruth Anne Baumgartner and Sarah Smegal. There are also cameo appearances by Bob Lasprogato and Al Toth.
Director Alexander Kulcsar is well known to Westport audiences as both actor, director and inventive set designer. On stage at WCT, he created the roles of Orson Welles in "Orson's Shadow," physicist Niels Bohr in "Copenhagen," and The Man in "The Turn of the Screw." In addition, he has performed or directed several readings in the theater's acclaimed ETC staged readings, including "On An Average Day," "The Reeducation of Horse Johnson," "Rabbit Hole," "The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia," and "A Picasso."
To describe the plot of'Angel Street" in The Westport Community Theatre is at Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave. Tickets range in price from $14 to $20. For reservations and more information, call (203) 226-1983 or go to westportcommunitytheatre.com