"Turn Out the Lights on Wait Until Dark," headlines today's New York Daily News--and that's about the best of the notices.
Wait Until Dark is Tarantino's stage vehicle--a revival of the 1966 play (later, a 1967 movie starring Audrey Hepburn) about a blind woman terrorized by druggie hoods in her Greenwich Village apartment. QT plays one of the hoods; fellow Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei plays the blind woman.
The play officially opened last night. It was officially panned this morning.
"This revival...is grim, gruesome and very scary. And that's just the acting." (Daily News) "Playing a sadistic, murderous thug...Mr. Tarantino seems menacing to nothing except possibly [the] script." (New York Times) "In fairness to the comparatively inexperienced Tarantino, [the director] got every bit as bad a portrayal from [costar] Stephen Lang..." (New York Post)
And one local radio critic echoed the whispers from Boston, where the production had a brief try-out run: The audience giggled when it supposed to gasp.
Boston critics gave the play lousy reviews, too, but Tarantino's star power packed 'em in anyway. The same appears to be happening in New York.
A producer for the production told Sunday's New York Post that Wait Until Dark is already nearly sold out for its limited, 16-week Broadway run.