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.
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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; firstname.lastname@example.org