Deathtrap. by Ira Levin. Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 3m, 2f. A hugely popular stage and screen success, this ingeniously constructed play offers a rare . ”DEATHTRAP,” Ira Levin’s contrived Broadway thriller, is now playing in revival at Equity Library Theater, but don’t let the word ”contrived. : Deathtrap: A Thriller in Two Acts (): Ira Levin, Ira Levin: Books.

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Seemingly comfortably ensconced in his charming Connecticut home, Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a “dry” spell which has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. Seldes appeared in every one of the play’s 1, performances, a feat that earned her a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records as “most durable actress. Lists with This Book.

Additional Info A hugely popular stage and screen success, levih ingeniously constructed play offers a rare and skilful blending of two priceless theatrical ingredients – gasp-inducing thrills and spontaneous laughter. A successful novelist and playwright, Ira Levin became a best-selling author with his first novel, deatbtrap A Kiss Before Dying.

It’s great and the acting is brilliant. Optional Materials Cast Recordings. I’ve never enjoyed reading a play, after having already seen it, as much as I enjoyed this one, and that’s saying something because I don’t usually read plays. Levin, like Sidney Bruhl, only ever had one hit Broadway play, and ‘Deathtrap’ was it. Satanically, openly deceptive, like sleight-of-hand performed right in front of you.


I loved the surprise after surprise momentum that Levin creates within 68 pages. That’s just how good it was.

As Sidney and Myra are about to go to bed, Clifford, covered in mud, snatches Sidney from behind, and apparently beats Sidney to death. If you like thrillers and humor, I’d recommend Deathtrap. Stewart Klein Jeffrey Lyons This is the best play in the world so many reversals.

A good read — and if you ha A finely written mystery-thriller play, with lots of neat twists. When a man has murder on his mind be sure you don’t fall into a Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in options.

The thing has a life of its own. It’s easy to see why Deathtrap is the longest running thriller in Broadway history. She had no idea she’d be subjected to such “debauchery.

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Porter Milgrim Joe Silver And now I want to see these deatjtrap performed. Sidney arrives back at his den, having picked up Clifford at the train station. Helga ten Dorp Henry Jones Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: Burt – the Bartender Al LeBreton The play is the perfect thriller. Easily a one sitting read, but it keeps you guessing and I enjoyed the humor as well.

Sidney surreptitiously reads Clifford’s manuscript and discovers that Clifford is writing a play called Deathtrap based directly on the plot to cause Myra’s heart attack. Production Details Time Period: It was made into a film starring Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes.


Aug 23, Alex rated it really liked it. Deathtrap is the rare thriller that delivers both laughs and unexpected twists. I recommend this play to anyone looking for a fun and quick thriller.

At the old Biltmore Theater in January I’d had the script on my bookshelf for a couple of years but hadn’t gotten around to reading it. Deathtrap First Broadway program Seriously, people, there’s a spoiler html script for a reason. Sidney agrees to help Clifford write his play. You might foresee the first plot twist coming but probably not the ones that follow.

DEATHTRAP by Ira Levin – The English Theatre Of Hamburg

I am a big Levin fan and got the opportunity to see this play at my local theater. Archived from the original on Seymour Starger Tony DiBenedetto Handsome Actor Francis B.

Sidney Bruhl Christopher Reeve Fun and meta, a little gory, a little shocking, a little queer. Goofs When Sidney has the Deathtrap script and threatens to throw it into the fireplace, the fire isn’t lit.