Angel Street (Gaslight)
Reader's Theatre in McTavish
by Patrick Hamilton
October 1, 2, 8 & 9
7 pm in the McTavish Room
This play gave rise to the term “gaslighting,” as a form of psychological abuse in which false information is presented to the victim with the intent of making him/her doubt his/her own memory and perception.
Angel Street (Gaslight) tells the story of the Manninghams who live on Angel Street in 19th Century London. As the curtain rises, all appears the essence of Victorian tranquility. However, it quickly becomes apparent, that the suavely handsome Jack Manningham, is slowly driving his gentle, devoted wife Bella, to the brink of insanity with an insinuating kindness masking his sinister motives.
While he is out, Mrs. Manningham has an unexpected caller: amiable, paternal Inspector Rough from Scotland Yard. Rough is convinced that Manningham is a homicidal maniac wanted for a murder committed fifteen years earlier in this very house. Gradually the inspector helps Bella restore her confidence as the evidence against her husband unfolds.
Rough convinces Bella to assist him in exposing Jack as the murderer, which she does, but not before she takes revenge on Jack by pretending to help him escape. At the last minute she reminds him that, having gone insane, she is not accountable for her actions. The play closes with Jack Manningham being led away by the police.
The author has built and sustained some of the most brilliant, suspenseful sequences in modern theatre.
Tickets $15.00 Direct Link
Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
Show Begins at 7:00 PM
This event is presented by the Liberty Theater