Show 60 #5 Wait Until Dark

Wait Until Dark
The Show & Performances


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Evening Performances at 8 pm:
   February 17, 18, 23, 24, 25
   and March 2, 3, 4
Matinee Performances at 2 pm    February 19, 26 and March 5

All current COVID-19 protocols practiced.


February 18 -March 5 , 2023

  • Director’s Talk Back is Friday Feb 24, 2023 – immediately following the performance
  • The Preview is on Friday Feb 17, 2023 – it is the final dress rehearsal.
  • Running Time: about 2 Hours including the 15 min intermission.

1370 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC.  Next to the on-ramp to the Arthur Lang Bridge by Marine Drive and Granville.


   Adults $34.50
   Students/Seniors $31.50
   Thursday Special – 2 for $50
   The Preview is $25
• GST and fees are additional
* Group Discounts available by calling the Box Office 604 266 7191

Tickets can be reserved online at [email protected] or by calling the Metro Box Office 604 266 7191 


   Opens one hour before the performance.


   Wed to Sat 2 pm to 5 pm,
during the show run.


   Call 604 266 7191 voicemail or use the Contact METRO button on this page.


Performance Evenings: 7:00 – 11:00 pm
Performance Matinees: 1:00 – 5:00 pm


   There is plenty of easy parking – in the parking lot, on the street, even ‘All Evening Parking’ for $4 at the Value Liquor Store Lot just up the street from Metro – 1450 SW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC V6P 5Z9


   We’re close to the Marpole bus loop and on the #10 route. Check 0ut for transit directions.


   Metro Theatre via the Contact Metro Button at the bottom of this page for more information, publicity photos, and arrangements for interviews.

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   Metro Theatre is a non-profit theatre company, dedicated to promoting and developing theatre arts.  This is our 60th year of bringing laughter, intrigue and surprise to live audiences.

The Story

Wait Until Dark Doll Stuffed with Heroin

   WAIT UNTIL DARK is an iconic thriller first performed on Broadway almost 50 years ago. The story revolves around a heroin filled doll that Sam Hendrix was tricked into bringing through customs. He and his blind wife, Susy, have no idea about the contents, making them the target of three drug dealing thugs. When the woman who gave Sam the mysterious doll is murdered, the situation becomes more urgent.

   Through a cleverly constructed deception, the criminals convince Susy that the police have implicated Sam in the woman’s murder, and the doll, is evidence. Susy refuses to reveal its location, and with the help of a young neighbor, figures out that she is the victim of a bizarre charade.

   The ruthless con man, Roat, and two ex-convicts, Mike and Carlino, are about to meet their match in Susy. When Roat kills his associates, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues. Susy knows the only way to play, is by her rules. When darkness falls, Susy turns off all the lights, leaving both of them to maneuver in the dark until the electrifying final scene.

   In Susy we see a woman in a strong leading role. One that earned Lee Remick a Tony nomination for the original Broadway production, and Audrey Hepburn an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Susy in the movie.

   Ingeniously crafted, Frederick Knott’s “Wait Until Dark” plays on the themes of darkness and light delivering steadily heightened tension from the first scene to its unexpected end.

Production Photos

The Production Photos for Wait Until Dark were at the final dress rehearsal.
Photo credit to Tracy-Lynn Chernaske.

Promo Photos

The Promo Photos for Wait Until Dark were shot on location at Metro with the help of the Ghost Light.
Photo credit to Tracy-Lynn Chernaske.

In Rehearsal

These REHEARSAL PHOTOS reflect the show from the first read-thru to the final rehearsals on the stage leading up to the preview.

Show Page: Wait Until Dark

A blind woman plays a deadly game of survival

   Metro Theatre Vancouver is pleased to present the masterfully constructed thriller WAIT UNTIL DARK, written by Frederick Knott , directed by Don Briard.
On stage February 18 – March 5, 2023.

   The heroine of this suspenseful play is the recently-blinded Susy Hendrix. She becomes the target of three men searching for the heroin hidden inside a doll, which her husband Sam brought back from Canada. Sam is unaware of the doll’s contents. He transported the doll as a favour to a woman who has since been murdered. The trio, led by a sinister con man Roat, try to convince Susy that Sam has been implicated in the crime and that the only way to protect him is to surrender the doll. Murder and mayhem ensue when Susy refuses. In an attempt to level the playing field, Susy has her tormentors WAIT UNTIL DARK to play out this classic thriller’s chilling conclusion.

Wait Until Dark chronicles the journey of one woman from fear to courage, from victim to heroine. She turns her disability into an advantage.” Don Briard, Director.

Tickets:  $31.50 Senior/Student or $34.50 Adult (plus GST) can be reserved by calling the Box Office 604 266 7191, or Purchase Tickets

Warnings: The lights in the theatre will be toned down during the ending sequence, promising an fully immersive experience.

Cast and
Production Team

Sam Hendrix James Barclay
Mike Talman James Behenna
RoatMatthew Briard
Susy HendrixEmma Graveson
Sgt. CarlinoAndrew Kenny
Policeman 2Kiernan Koebel Pearce
GloriaAlexa Rojas
Policeman 1Simon Ruddell
DirectorDon Briard
ProducerJoan Koebel
Stage ManagerKate Pasula
ASMNixita Taneja
Set DesignGlynnis Brassil
Costume DesignChristine Egerton-Ball
Lighting DesignLes Erskine
Sound DesignRoger Monk
Set DecDaisy Fung
Set PaintingEmily Dotson
Technical DirectorLes Erskine
Assistant TDAlex Ross
General ManagerLes Erskine
Head CarpenterRobin Richardson
PhotographyTracy-Lynn Chernaske
PublicityDebra Danny
Graphic DesignBarbara LaBounta
Costume LiaisonClaire Turner
Box Office/FOHHeather Stewart

Reviews & Being Said

The great Stephen King, master of darkness, stated he considered this play to be one of the scariest scripts of all time.

Wait Until Dark Review

Huge thanks to Chris Steckler of ReviewVancouver dot Com for attending opening night and posting this informative review.

“Emma Graveson convincingly played a confident blind Susy Hendrix, our protagonist, with conviction. The bad guys, James Behenna as Mike Talman, Andrew Kenny as Sgt. Carlino, and Matthew Briard as Harry Roat Jr., worked the suspense well, exhibiting different personalities along the way – a rather hesitant-to-be-bad, sensitive Talman, a selfish, cowardly Cardino, and a perfectly hateful, sadistic Roat. Alexa Rojas Ponce, as Gloria, charmed the audience with her very real sudden changes from moments of adolescent angst to warm caring; and James Barclay gave a really fine and natural portrayal of Susy’s loving husband, Sam.”

Christian Steckler ReviewVancouver

Read the Full Review HERE

Many thanks to the Delta Optimist for this wonderful preview of Wait Until Dark. You can read the full article HERE.

Check out this interesting article from Hannah Scott of the Richmond Sentinel about Director Don Briard and his actor son Matt Briard.
Richmond father and son involved with Metro Theatre

Director’s Talk Back

   Join director Don Briard and the cast of WAIT UNTIL DARK immediately following the show on Friday, February 24, 2023 for an informal chat about:

  1. The play was first performed in 1966. Does it still work now as well as it did then?
  2. Theatre often asks audiences to “suspend disbelief” and accept as real what is happening on stage. Was our production successful in doing that?
  3. Are iconic thriller plays still of interest? What other genres would you like to see Metro focus on in our season offerings?

   After which, the director will open the session up for questions from the audience.

   There is no additional charge for the Director’s Talk, just stay in your seats or move up a bit closer to the stage – allowing for social distancing at all times.
   The session will last approximately 20 minutes.

Paranormal Investigation at Metro Theatre

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  In support of the show , the Paranormal  Investigators Group  HELTER SPECTRE is doing their first ever afterlife investigation of Metro. The group has many actors as members and has performed investigations on a number of other local theatres.

  HELTER SPECTRE are collecting stories on Metro Theatre ghosts. Use the Contact Metro button at the bottom of the page to let us know about any of your experiences.

  The investigation took place February 11th and the cast and crew of Wait Until Dark were invited.  Check out some of the photos from the night.