Previews of the play – which was also a 1944 Acadamy Award-winning film – began May 9 at the Off-Broadway troupe's home on West 22nd Street. Performances run through July 8. The cast includes Tony Award nominee Brian Murray, Laura Odeh, David Staller, Laoisa Sexton and Patricia O'Connell. Irish Rep artistic director Charlotte Moore directs.
"The attractive but menacing Jack Manningham is slowly driving his fragile, young wife insane by coldly accusing her of petty aberrations cleverly arranged by himself," according to Irish Rep. "Since Bella Manningham's mother died incarcerated and insane she is half convinced that she, too is losing her mind. While her diabolical husband is out of the house a mysterious police inspector visits and insists that her husband is a maniacal criminal suspected of a murder committed 15 years ago in the same house, and that he is preparing to dispose of her. The thrilling and melodramatic game of uncovering the necessary evidence before Manningham returns begins."
At left (from top): Laura Odeh; director Charlotte Moore and Katherine Helmond; Brian Murray; Patricia O'Connell and Laoisa Sexton; scenic designer James Morgan; David Staller and Milo O'Shea; producing director Ciaran O'Reilly, Gen and Tony Walton; Fritz Weaver; Marc Rosen and Arlene Dahl; Dava Ivey.
Below: The company of Gaslight takes its opening-night bow.
photos by Aubrey Reuben