Arts & Entertainment

'Deathtrap' walks line between thrills, comedy

There's nothing like a good thriller to keep you on the edge of your seat, but when you combine that tension with comic relief -- well! -- that's down right genius.

Deathtrap, which opens March 20 at The Players Theatre in Richland, is such a story.

The hilarious thriller, written by Ira Levin, still holds the record as the longest-running comedy thriller on Broadway.

The story revolves around Sidney Bruhl, a once successful playwright whose last few plays have been flops. But when he receives a script by a novice playwright named Clifford Anderson that he thinks is brilliant, Sidney hatches a scheme to murder Clifford and pawn the play off as his own.

However, Sidney's plan goes awry as the play moves from scene to scene with intrigue, suspense and humor. There are few writers who can blend a classic thriller with humor like Levin, who died in 2007. He also wrote Rosemary's Baby.

The Richland Players production starts at 8 p.m. March 20-21, 27-28, April 3-4 with a 2 p.m. matinee March 29. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors. The play is recommended for teenagers and older.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;