"Deathtrap"

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In a Nutshell

Dark comedy runs through a tangled web of script stealing, betrayals, and murder plots

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The Deal

  • $17 for one ticket to see Deathtrap (up to $29 value)
  • When: Friday, January 31, or Saturday, February 1, at 8 p.m.
  • Where: The Footlight Players Theatre
  • Seating: reserved orchestra
  • Door time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Ticket values include all fees.
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Deathtrap

Deathtrap is the murder-mystery story that won’t die—although everyone who comes into contact with it might. That’s the premise of Ira Levin’s dizzyingly self-referential dark comedy. First encountered in a script written by one of struggling playwright Sidney Bruhl’s former students, the storyline itself becomes a Pandora’s box of betrayal, adultery, and death. To say much more risks revealing some of the plot’s cache of shocking secrets.

A five-member cast—including a psychic neighbor that both keeps the audience guessing and adds comic relief—and a one-room set keep suspicions between the characters running high. Deathtrap’s enormously successful first Broadway mounting in 1978 ran 1,793 performances, closing just in time to haunt round-number-lovers forever and to rack up accolades from the likes of the New York Times’ Walter Kerr, who called it “fun straight through.” <p>

The Footlight Players

It started small: in 1931, Lieutenant Commander Charles Russell Price directed a series of one-act plays at the Charleston Navy Yard. It was an unexpected success, and a year later, his band of amateur theater-makers were officially calling themselves The Footlight Players. The ensemble began performing at various spaces around town, and as their popularity grew, they became a local institution.

Today, The Footlight Players uphold Price’s vision by staging seasonal works ranging from comic musicals to dramatic plays. And while the company now has a permanent home in a historic cotton warehouse, their scrappy, let’s-put-on-a-show attitude hasn’t changed—local volunteers are always welcome to audition, lend an extra hand, or shake cottonseeds out of the stage curtains.<p>

Customer Reviews

They are fantastic! It made me think that I was in New York at Broadway.
Wilnetta G. · November 1, 2012
South Pacific was great!
Amy W. · March 22, 2012

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