×

‘Newsroom’s’ Alison Pill Takes a Stab at L.A. Theater in ‘Wait Until Dark’

L.A.’s Geffen Theater production of “Wait Until Dark” puts a new spin on the spooky 1967 thriller with Jeffrey Hatcher‘s adaptation that preemed Oct. 16.

The action has been moved to just after World War II, with “The Newsroom” star Alison Pill sporting blood-red lipstick and long dark hair for the role as the wily blind girl that Audrey Hepburn played in the film version.

Pill has starred in several Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, but this is her first time on the boards in L.A. The story’s famous last scene that takes place mostly in the dark is a strenuous bit of stagecraft for the actors to repeat dozens of times, but Pill said, “That’s why I do theater, so you can keep growing every night.”

Pill said she appreciates that the new adaptation is both “darker and more modern,” despite being moved from the 1960s to the 1940s. Co-star Adam Stein, in the Alan Arkin villain role, said it was a bit scary to get back into theater after taking some time to write and produce TV series “Under the Dome.” Working yourself up into a state of high terror is harder when there’s both a matinee and an evening performance, Stein admitted.

Thomas Sadoski said he was impressed by his “Newsroom” co-star’s transformation into vintage femme fatale — especially as “Newsroom” ended with Pill looking shell-shocked and sporting a short, spiky red do.

“Masters of Sex” star Mather Zickel hewed closer to his TV persona in Richard Crenna’s role as the safe and alluring Mike in the Matt Shakman-directed play that also stars Matt McTighe, Rod McLachlan and Brighid Fleming.

Popular on Variety

More Legit

  • The Sound Inside review

    Broadway Review: 'The Sound Inside' Starring Mary-Louise Parker

    Mary-Louise Parker will take your breath away with her deeply felt and sensitively drawn portrait of a tenured Yale professor who treasures great literature, but has made no room in her life for someone to share that love with. The other thesp in this two-hander is Will Hochman, endearing in the supportive role of a [...]

  • Little Shop of Horrors review

    Off Broadway Review: 'Little Shop of Horrors'

    With its strains of kitschy doo-wop and its sci-fi B-movie inspirations, the quaint 1982 musical “Little Shop of Horrors” hardly seems a thing of modern-day revivalism, even despite its touches of S&M. Yet this year alone, not only is there an Off Broadway production of the blackly comic “Little Shop” featuring Jonathan Groff of Netflix’s [...]

  • The Lightning Thief review musical

    Broadway Review: 'The Lightning Thief,' The Musical

    “It’s a lot to take in right now,” says Percy Jackson, the teen hero of “The Lightning Thief,” the kid-centric fantasy musical (based on the popular Y.A. novel) that’s now on Broadway after touring the country and playing an Off Broadway run. You could say that’s a bit of an understatement from contemporary teen Percy [...]

  • The Rose Tattoo review

    Broadway Review: 'The Rose Tattoo' Starring Marisa Tomei

    “The Rose Tattoo” is what happens when a poet writes a comedy — something strange, but kind of lovely. The same might be said of director Trip Cullman’s production: Strange, if not exactly lovely. Even Marisa Tomei, so physically delicate and expressively refined, seems an odd choice to play the lusty and passionate protagonist, Serafina [...]

  • Obit-Roy-B

    Former NATO President Roy B. White Dies at 93

    Roy B. White, former president and chairman of the National Association of Theater Owners, died of natural causes Oct. 11 in Naples, Fla. He was 93. White ran the 100-screen independent theater circuit, Mid–States Theaters Inc. In addition to his career, he did extensive work on behalf of charities and non-profits. He was vice president [...]

  • Soft Power review

    Off Broadway Review: 'Soft Power'

    The “culture-clash musical” is a familiar template, in which a white American protagonist — waving the flag of individuality, optimism and freedom — trumps and tramps over the complexities of that which is foreign, challenging or “other.” David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s “Soft Power,” the new “play with a musical” at Off Broadway’s Public [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content