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Don't Gaslight Me, Bro

New version of classic play opens tonight

By Lisa Barrow [ Thu Sep 26 2013 8:30 AM ]

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Poor Bella Manningham. If only she’d had the internet, maybe she would’ve run across a certain fortifying quotation in constant circulation there: “Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure you are not, in fact, surrounded by assholes.” (Steven Winterburn said that, though it’s usually misattributed to William Gibson.) Because if anyone ever needed to learn not to let people screw with her mind, it’s the high-strung Victorian-era protagonist of Gaslight, whose husband is bent on achieving her total mental and emotional breakdown for his own repugnant reasons. Patrick Hamilton’s 1938 play, which gave us the handy term for a form of abusive manipulation in which the victim is made to question their own sanity, remains popular theater fare more than half a century later. Now the Duke City Repertory Theatre presents their own version of the tense, claustrophobic drama, directed by Amelia Ampuero and starring DCRT veterans Frank Taylor Green and Lauren Myers. Opening tonight in the company’s new space at the Cell (700 First Street NW), Gaslight runs through Oct. 6, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets range from $10 to $20; call 797-7081 or visit dukecityrep.com for more info. Cell Theatre • Thu Sep 26 • 8pm • $10-$20 • View on Alibi calendar