'Gaslight' opens Dorset Players' season

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DORSET — "Gaslight," the Dorset Players' season opener at the Dorset Playhouse, opens on Oct. 4 under the direction of Janet Groom.

Also known as "Angel Street," the psychological drama by British playwright Patrick Hamilton is the longest running non-musical to have played on Broadway. It is Groom's eighth directing assignment with the Players.

Groom was attracted to the Victorian melodrama by its gripping final act and high standing among psychological thrillers. Two motion pictures have been made of "Gaslight," a British film and a later MGM version in which Ingrid Bergman earned an Academy Award.

The plot centers around Bella, who suffers from what she believes are early stages of insanity. Her husband, Jack, struggles to help her, and spends his evenings out on the town in order to cope. Or so he makes her believe. As the plot unfolds a detective enters the scene and suspense builds to a chilling climax.

Groom's cast includes Jeff Cox as the husband, Kristen Kimble as the wife, and Paul Michael Brinker as the detective. Cox has prior acting credits with professional theater companies in New York, Cleveland and Houston. Brinker was last seen in the principle role of Cal in the Players production of "Mothers and Sons," while Kimble appeared previously as the wife of the accused in "Witness for the Prosecution." Also in character roles are Leslie Bremner, performing for the first time with the Players, and Joelle Greenland, seen earlier in the Players One-Act Festival.

"Gaslight" will be on the Dorset stage for two weekends with performances on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4-5 and 11-13, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 7 and 14, at 2 p.m. Tickets are available online at dorsetplayers.com/tickets or by calling the Dorset Players office at 802-867-5570 weekdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The Players caf is open with coffee and baked goods 45 minutes before the show and during intermission.

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