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'Double Indemnity' to Premiere at Stoneham Theatre Thursday Night

The show kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at Stoneham Theatre.

"Double Indemnity," a drama centered around love and murder, premieres Thursday night at Stoneham Theatre, according to a press statement.

"Double Indemnity" kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and costs $40 to 48; however, opening night is "Pay What You Can Night" so guests can pay what they can to see it. The show will be performed on various dates through Nov. 4.

"In 1944, Billy Wilder, Raymond Chandler, Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray invented film noir with the movie 'Double Indemnity.' Now, over 60 years later, Stoneham Theatre is presenting the New England premiere of 'Double Indemnity,' the play," reads the statement. "Recently adapted for the stage in 2011 by David Pichette and R. Hamilton Wright, critics have called 'Double Indemnity' 'sleek,' 'sexy,' and 'thrilling.'"

The story's main character is Walter Huff, an insurance man, who is seduced by Phyllis Nirlinger into murdering her husband so she can collect his accident policy, according to the statement. "Once the deed is done; however, the love affair fades as well as their trust. Walter and Phyllis continue to weave a tangled web of mistrust, while everyone else around them suspects foul play," reads the statement.

The play is directed by Weylin Symes and features actors from previous shows at Stoneham Theatre including: Lewis Wheeler ("The Mousetrap") as Huff, Aimee Doherty ("Romeo & Juliet") as Phyllis, Sean McGuirk ("You Never Know") as Keyes/Nirlinger, Michael Underhill ("I Capture the Castle") as Nino/Jackson, and Melis Aker ("I Capture the Castle") as Lola. 

Scenic design and lighting is handled by Christopher Ostrom, while Rachel Padula-Shufelt handles costume design.

For more information, call the Box Office at (781) 279-2200 or visit the theatre website.

Are you planning to see "Double Indemnity?" If so, make sure to visit the Stoneham Theatre directory listing on Stoneham Patch and write a review and rate the show 1-5 stars.

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