Anyone looking for an evening of hilarious and devious entertainment will want to take in the Theatre Night in Merrickville (TNIM) production of Deathtrap, by Ira Levin, this November. This two-act play will keep audiences riveted and on the edge of their seats with suspenseful revelations and moments of burst out laughter.
Deathtrap opens in a comfortable writing studio inside a Connecticut home where Sidney Bruhl, a previously celebrated playwright, is plagued by a “dry” spell that has resulted in a string of creative failures and financial woes. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel when Sidney acquires a script from a student in a workshop he’s been conducting at the local collage. The script, it seems, is a surefire winner – a thriller that could put Sidney back on top – maybe even on Broadway! His wife, Myra, wants him to collaborate with the student, but greedy Sidney wants the play and its success all for himself. Or does he really?
The play’s creator, Ira Levin, had success with three iconic horror novels: Rosemary’s Baby, The Stepford Wives, and The Boys from Brazil, before penning Deathtrap in 1978. To date, the play still holds the record as the longest-running comedic-thriller on Broadway. The appeal of Deathtrap is that it’s intriguingly clever and ferociously funny. The ongoing plot-twists and turns in this “play within a play” keep the audience guessing and gasping right up to the final curtain.
This TNIM production is directed by Vicki Graham who says “This is not a whodunnit…but a who did what!? There’s murder, deceit, plot reversal – something for everyone, with a few hearty laughs thrown in for good measure.”
TNIM is grateful to Scott Fleming from the Rideau Home Hardware Building Centre in Smiths Falls for their sponsorship of Deathtrap. Performances will take place at the Merrickville Community Centre, 106 Read Street on November 24, 25, 26 at 7:30 pm, and on November 27 at 2 pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at merrickvilletheatre.org or at the door. Any inquiries can be directed to [email protected].
On a final note, this production of Deathtrap will be entered in the Eastern Ontario Drama Leagues Full Act Festival, and will be adjudicated (judged) at one of the performances. Keep an eye on the TNIM Facebook page to find out which performance will be adjudicated.