I just caught one of the most emotionally intensive dramas Seattle theater has ever offered, Double Indemnity, currently playing at A Contemporary Theater (ACT). This sultry crime drama, adapted from the screen by David Pichette and acclaimed local actor R. Hamilton Wright, is set in Depression-era Los Angeles. Insurance agent Walter Huff succumbs to temptations—lust and greed—in his desire for a new life. The two-hour performance offers dark humor, suspense, superb acting and modern parallels.
Pichette and Wright, both fans of crime novels, had originally considered an adaptation of the popular Nightmare Alley, but finally settled on Double Indemnity and its suspenseful ending. The pair made a shrewd and entertaining choice: running on the successful heels of In the Next Room and Mary Stuart, the drama has already sold more tickets than any ACT offering to date.
Double Indemnity runs through November 20. For tickets or more information, visit ACT.com or call 206-292-7676.