“Deathtrap” is always billed as a thriller/comedy, and I suppose it depends on the director and cast to decide which noun describes it best!
Theatre Rocks! leans pretty much toward the thriller…no, I’ve changed my mind…it’s definitely a comedy. Sort of. Mainly a thriller. With lots of comedy!
Forget it. You really have to see this one and make up your own mind.
I do know it’s a reviewer’s nightmare…I can’t tell you anything of substance or I will be absolutely giving one of those *spoiler alerts* the papers warn about these days.
It starts out with normal people who really.... No, I can’t write anymore about that. No way.
Then another character enters and he is really quite…. Can’t say that either! But I’m already hooked on the play. I really want to see what happens next, and I’m hoping it may be something thrilling, but if I told you…. Yeah, you got it. *spoiler alert*
The cast of only five keeps this show moving along very well. It has thrills and spontaneous laughter-filled moments galore. Twists and turns abound, and you really don’t get bored for single moment.
During a month of October—just four weeks—five people come together to puzzle and surprise us…. They include a previously award-winning playwright whose latest thrillers have been flops on Broadway. Sidney Bruhl (Larry LeMaster) is about ready to do anything to improve his fortunes, and he’s really, really exasperated to have been placed in the demeaning position of giving seminars teaching wet-behind-the-ears aspiring writers. His charming wife Myra Bruhl (Caryn Spaniel) is starting to worry exactly how far he might go to change his luck.
Clifford Anderson (Eric Hanson) is one of those students who actually learned to write a play at one of those seminars but may need Sidney to help “polish” up his play.
When German psychic Helga ten Dorp drops in—she lives in a guest house on the Bruhl property—things take a definite turn for the funny! Sheryl Sullivan very nearly steals the show in this role…and yes, I know most of you realize she is a long-time friend of mine. But so what…I calls ‘em as I sees ‘em! The only other part, Porter Milgrim (Chad Rea) is the Bruhl lawyer, and he plays it so real…I almost had decided to try for an appointment with him!
All the cast is top-notch and, of course, director Bill Rhoten is right on the money…all the time.
Don’t miss “Deathtrap”; it is such a fun evening. But also keep in mind the upcoming events—“A Christmas Story”, “The Sunshine Boys”, “Cinderella”, and “Cabin Fever.” Season tickets are still available.
“Deathtrap” runs at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16, 17, 23 and 24 and closes at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday Oct. 25
The theatre is located at 505 NW Main Street in Ennis. Adult tickets are $15, senior adults and students are $12. For reservations call 972-878-5126. Go to www.theatrerocks.com for more information and dates of those future shows.
See you soon at live theatre!