<em>Deathtrap</em>, Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Never judge a playwright's source material, even if it's the inadvertent aftermath of a carefully plotted murder. That's the message of Ira Levin's Deathtrap, a comedic thriller directed by Gregory Cohen for the Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre.
Nicely plotted, well acted, the story is set in Westport, Connecticut in 1978. Sidney Bruhl (Gene Godwin) finds himself, if not a one hit wonder, then at least in a creative slump. He lives in a well-appointed place in the country with his wife Myra (Allison McGuire). She's got family money, he's got, well, he's got what's left of his career, such as it is. Not helping matters is a manuscript submitted by Clifford Anderson (Johnny Martin), seemingly a former student in one of Sidney's seminars. Clifford is everything that Sidney isn't: young, optimistic about the future and, most annoying to Sidney, talented. Clifford wants feedback on a first play that, by all accounts, is brilliant. Sidney wants, well, Sidney wants to kill Clifford and
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