Thriller ‘Gaslight’ is coming to Millbrook

PHOTO PROVIDED Pictured, from left, are Melody Ladd as Bella Manningham, and Frank Franconeri as Inspector Rough in Millbrook Playhouse’s production of “Gaslight.”

MILL HALL — The Board of Directors and Artistic Director, David E. Leidholdt, General Manager David Gritzner, are pleased to announce the next show in the Poorman Cabaret, Gaslight (Angel Street) the classic THRILLER by Patrick Hamilton.

Gaslight (Angel Street) was one of the longest running non-musicals on Broadway! First produced on the West End under the title Gaslight and filmed twice, it tells the story of the Manninghams, who live on Angel Street in 19th century London. As the curtain rises, all appears to be the essence of Victorian tranquility. It is soon apparent, however, that Mr. Manningham, a suavely handsome man, is slowly driving his gentle, devoted wife, Bella, to the brink of insanity with an insinuating kindness that masks more sinister motives. While he is out, Mrs. Manningham has an unexpected caller: amiable, paternal Inspector Rough from Scotland Yard. Rough is convinced that Mr. Manningham is a homicidal maniac wanted for a murder committed fifteen years earlier in the very same house. Gradually, the inspector restores Bella’s confidence in herself, and as the evidence against Manningham unfolds, the author has built and sustained some of the most brilliant, suspenseful sequences in classic theatre.

The play (and its film adaptations) gave rise to the term “gaslighting” with the meaning “a form of psychological abuse in which false information is presented to the victim with the intent of making them doubt their own memory and perception”.

Gaslight (Angel Street) is directed by Amanda Coffin, director of last year’s cabaret hit Savannah Sipping Society. The cast includes: Aaron White as Jack Manningham, Melody Ladd as Bella Manningham, Frank Franconeri as Inspector Rough, Megan Ghorashy as Nancy, and Bonnie Farmer as Elizabeth.

Set Design by Cade M. Sikora, Lighting Design by Caleb Stroman, Costume Design by Ayrika Johnson, Props Design by David Singleton, Sound Design by Chase Hendrickson. The Production is Stage Managed by Andrew Tse, Assistant Stage Manager is Molly Foy.

The production runs July 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, and 27 at 7:30 and July 21, 24, and 28 at 2pm. Tickets are $26 for adults, $17.50 for students. NEW THIS SEASON: Senior (65+) & Military/Veteran tickets, $22 for all performances. Limit of 2 tickets per order. ID required to pick up tickets. Continuing this summer are discounted ticket prices on Wednesday evening and Sunday matinees, all tickets are 10% off. Group rates are available. You can purchase tickets by calling 570-748-8083, online at www.millbrookplayhouse.net, or by coming to the box office any day of the week. Box Office hours: Mon. and Tues. 9am-5pm and Wed. through Sun. 9am-9pm.

Also, take advantage of our optional Sunday Brunch, only for the Sunday Matinee performances! For only an additional $16 per person, enjoy a lovely buffet brunch from Haywood’s On The Green that includes drink specials of Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas from the Stage Right Bar! (for those 21 and over). Brunch is served at 1:00pm in the Courtyard at the Playhouse.