Don't Gaslight Me, Bro
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 Sept. 26 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. (Lisa Barrow)
Thursday Sep 26, 2013
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The play by Patrick Hamilton follows a troubled relationship between a debonair husband and his unstable wife, which takes a strange turn with the arrival of a mysterious stranger.
In the shadows and fog of Victorian London, there are many places for secrets to hide.Duke City Repertory Theatre is proud to open their fourth season with one of the most brilliant and suspenseful thrillers in modern theatre. A troubled relationship between a debonair husband and his unstable wife takes a strange turn with the arrival of a mysterious stranger. Gaslight has us ponder the consequences of illuminating the darkest corners of our minds, and the Victorian setting only adds to the claustrophobic paranoia and growing dread. DCRT has been voted Albuquerque’s “Best Theatre Troupe” by Albuquerque the Magazine for two consecutive years. This unique twist on Gaslight will be directed by DCRT Artistic Director Amelia Ampuero, who dons the chair for the first time since 2011’s wildly divisive reasons to be pretty. Audience favorites Frank Taylor Green (POE, Ash Tree) and Lauren Myers (Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, POE) lead the ensemble cast, along with company members Ezra Colon and Katie Becker Colon (Oedipus, POE) and Evening Star Barron (Five Women Wearing the Same Dress). This is the first show for DCRT at its new home The Cell, which it now shares with FUSION Theatre Co.