The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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October 24, 2013

Playhouse to open final show of season

This has been a whirlwind of a year for The Raleigh Playhouse and Theatre! Thursday, October 24th at 8 p.m. opens its sixth show since Jan. 2013 opens at 8 this evening and it was originally a radio play in the 1940’s called “Sorry, Wrong Number” by Lucille Fletcher. A film made with the same title in 1948 with Barbara Stanwick playing Mrs. Stevenson.

The Raleigh’s production was directed by George Bickey and Olivia Merritt will be bringing Mrs. Stevenson to life. The show will be on this evening, Friday and Saturday as well as the 30th, and 31st at 8 p.m. On Oct. 27, the show will be at 4 p.m.

“Sorry, Wrong Number” is a mystery thriller, the tale of a neurotic invalid, whose only contact with the outside world is her phone. Over this, one night, because of a crossed wire, she hears plans for a murder. Her frantic efforts to enlist help through the only means at her disposal, her growing terror and realization of the truth, and (along the way) the hints about her own life and personality she lets drop, make this a full character portrait not only of herself but of the unseen murderer, whose identity and motivations are surmised but never revealed.

To try to keep more true to form with a radio play the only character you will ever see is Mrs. Stevenson and the killer. Everything else was pre-recorded with Kid In The Background on Prince St. in Uptown Beckley. This is a theatre piece that involves many different and complex levels and we invite all audiences out to experience this unique opportunity for themselves.

The Raleigh will also be screening “Day Light,” a psychological thriller by JP Fanshaw immediately after the play. “Day Light” was accepted to many film festivals and this will be the first opportunity Beckley audiences have to see this short film made by one of their native sons.

Tickets for “Sorry, Wrong Number,” can be purchased ahead of time for a very special $8 rate from The Raleigh’s box office at 304-763-7059 or they can pick them up at the time of the show for $10. The price of this ticket includes the screening of “Day Light” as well.

 There has also been a slight time schedule change for “The Shining” and “Night on the Living Dead”. On the original calendar that was released these films were supposed to be shown at 11:15 p.m. Due to some scheduling changes all of the screenings of “The Shining” today, Friday, and Saturday will be at 9:30 p.m. for “Night of the Living Dead” the 29th screening will stay at 7:15 p.m.

The 30th and 31st will move to 9:30 p.m. The Raleigh apologizes for any inconveniences. Also, audience members that attend “Sorry, Wrong Number” will have their ticket cost also cover that evenings screening of “The Shining” or “Night of the Living Dead.”

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