Triplicate Staff

Crescent City's Howard Patterson, a veteran actor, is directing the chiller "Wait Until Dark" for the Chetco Pelican Players, which opens Friday at the Chetco Playhouse in Brookings.

The tense stage classic features Victoria Weller playing Susy Hendrix, demure wife of photographer Sam Hendrix (Ralph Dickey).

Susy, who has been recently blinded in an accident, is suddenly targeted in her small, two-room basement apartment by three determined criminals: Roat (Michael S. Fox), Mike (Steven Scruggs), and Carlino (Tommy Jones), who believe that something valuable of theirs has mistakenly fallen into her hands and they will stop at nothing to get it back.

The three felons invent all manner of twisted stories to try to coax it from her, but niceties inevitably become nasty and things get rough.

How can a woman protect herself from two con men and a vicious killer when she can't see at all? Could it be with a little help from the naughty schoolgirl upstairs (Holly Carr)? The real answer is ... no one can see anything when the lights go out.

Reviewers have called this edge-of-your-seat masterpiece of suspense "The best Hitchcock thriller that Hitchcock never made." The play was made into a successful film in 1967, starring Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, Richard Crenna, Jack Weston and Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays over the next three weekends, and at 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for students, and are available from Wright's Custom Framing and Art Supplies and Chetco Pharmacy and Gifts in Brookings, New Wave Video in Harbor, and at the door beginning 45 minutes before curtain time.

For information, call 541-469-1857 or visithttp://www. For reservations, call 541-469-1877.