Deathtrap

Long Beach Playhouse

Stephen King once described Deathtrap playwright Ira Levin as "the Swiss watchmaker of suspense novels,” and with iconic works such as A Kiss Before Dying, Rosemary’s Baby, The Boys from Brazil and The Stepford Wives to Levin’s credit, King was not overstating. This, Levin’s most well-known play, also holds the record as the longest running comedy-thriller on Broadway and, like all of Levin’s work, is rife with complex twists, clever setups, and people who are not what they seem. That’s Levin’s specialty—presenting benign, ordinary folks and then revealing them to be monsters—and this tale of a playwright with writer’s block, a wife with a heart condition, and a college student with a hit script is one of the most dastardly illuminations of warped human desire ever put on the stage.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Jan. 17. Continues through Feb. 9, 2014

 
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