Fans of the Alfred Hitchcock film, Rebecca, will want to visit New Hampshire's American Stage Festival during the next two weeks (June 25-July 5) to catch the stage version of Daphne du Maurier's thriller -- which has a different ending from the movie.
Film auteur Hitchcock was forced to change several elements of the script due to production code rules of the time (1940), but American Stage's mounting will offer the play's less-known, more disturbing ending.
Rebecca tells of a newlywed moving into the household where the previous (and deceased) wife was all-but-canonized by the servants. Natalie Brown plays Mrs. Danvers, the evil housekeeper determined to keep wife #2 from supplanting wife #1.
[Don't read this paragraph if you don't want to know the ending:
According to several Playbill On-Line readers, in the movie version, the husband is cleared of the charges, with Rebecca's death essentially ruled a semi-assisted suicide. According to spokesperson David Henderson, in the play, the husband doesn't get caught, and only his new wife knows that he's the killer.]
Designed by Janie Fliegel (set), Karen Perlow (lighting) and Ted Giammona (costumes), Rebecca co-stars Rick Alden (TV's "Loving"), Ron Nummi, Dee Nelson, George Piehl and Adrienne Jones. Matthew Parent directs. For tickets ($22-$26) and information on Rebecca at the American Stage Festival in Nashua, call (603) 673-7515.
-- By David Lefkowitz