Elaine Wheeler is beautiful, rich and sleepless. She has a husband she loves, and a home festooned with the paintings of modern masters in the Kips Bay section of Manhattan. She has wealth and beauty, so what is contributing to her unease? She observes one corpse, and then another in the building opposite her home. When two police detectives are called in to investigate, they can find not a shred of evidence, and the bodies are missing. But Elaine insists that she saw what she saw.
Her husband, her best friend and her maid become concerned for her sanity. A famed psychiatrist is called in, and plans are made for Elaine to be sent to an exclusive sanitarium in Switzerland. Meanwhile, will the killer strike again? Is Elaine’s life in deadly danger? Who is responsible for bloody acts of terror?
Who done it?
You’ll have to see “Night Watch” to find out. There’s an array of suspects, but “Night Watch” will keep you guessing, with a twist ending worthy of O. Henry.
Lucille Fletcher (1912-2000) is the playwright. She wrote nine novels and thirteen radio plays. Her works for the stage include the classic thriller “Sorry, Wrong Number” (for which she won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America) and a libretto for the opera “Wuthering Heights,” composed by her first husband Bernard Herrmann. A radio play, “The Hitch-Hiker” was later adapted into a celebrated episode of “The Twilight Zone.” “Night Watch” was originally produced on Broadway in 1972.
Bruce Gray directs. He has previously helmed a dozen plays at Theatre 40, including “7 Stories” and “The Long Weekend.” A busy actor, he has appeared on stage (“The Good Doctor,” “Quartermaine’s Terms”), on screen (“Water for Elephants,” “Evan Almighty”) and on television (“Medium,” the Canadian series “Traders”).
Gray’s cast for “Night Watch” includes Christine Joelle, Jennifer Laks, Jonathan Medina, Judy Naizmetz, Lary Ohlson, Leda Siskind, David Hunt Stafford and Martin Thompson.
Love a mystery? Then join the “Night Watch.”
WHAT: “Night Watch.” A mystery.
WHO: Written by Lucille Fletcher. Directed by Bruce Gray. Presented by Theatre 40.
WHERE: Theatre 40, in the Reuben Cordoba Theatre, 241 S. Moreno Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Ample free parking beneath the theatre. The venue is on the campus of Beverly Hills High School. Theatre 40 is a professional company.
WHEN: January 30- February 24, 2014. Thurs., Fri., Sat. and Mon. at 8:00 p.m. Sun. at 2:00 p.m. The performance on Friday, January 31 is by invitation.
ADMISSION: Thurs., Fri. & Mon. $24. Sat. & Sun. $26.
RESERVATIONS: (310) 364-0535.
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: STAFF
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