“Deathtrap”- Port Tobacco Players- Theatre Review

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In between my various business endeavors, I finally had the chance to make it back to a show at the Port Tobacco Theatre in La Plata, MD. I am DEFINITELY glad I did (and can’t wait for a chance to act there in the future!)

The current show being performed is Deathtrap- A Thriller in Two Acts by Ira Levin. This straight play is about an older thriller playwright (Sidney Bruhl, played by Brian Donohue) interacting with a bright-eyed, young, budding thriller playwright (Clifford Anderson, played by Christopher Fleming). We know people who write thrillers can really put down some pretty intense ideas on paper, but could they commit these heinous crimes in their daily lives?

Here is the synopsis directly from the PTP website:

“Written by Ira Levin
Produced by Mike Gahan | Directed by Bill Graves

Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a “dry” spell.  A possible break occurs when he receives a script from a student in the seminar he has been conducting- a thriller which Sidney recognizes as a potential Broadway hit.  He devises a plan with his wife’s help to offer collaboration to the student.  Thereafter suspense mounts steadily as the plot begins to twist and turn with devilish cleverness, and with such an abundance of thrills and laughter, that audiences will be held enthralled until the final, startling moments of the play.  One of the great popular successes of recent Broadway history, this ingeniously constructed play offers a rare and skillful blending of two priceless theatrical ingredients: gasp-inducing thrills and spontaneous laughter.”

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I’ve seen a production of Deathtrap over 6 years ago, but since it was a while ago, I completely forgot all of the twists and turns that this emotional rollercoaster takes audiences on! I was also laughing out loud at parts as well.

This cast did an amazing job keeping audience members on the edge of their seats, just waiting for their next move. Donohue and Heather Wetherald (Myra Bruhl) were believable as the calm husband and worrisome wife, doing a great job with genuine emotions. The interactions between Donohue and Christopher Fleming (Clifford Anderson) were strong as well. Even though the characters of Helga Ten Dorp (played by Leslie Kobylinski) and Porter Milgrim (played by Larry Daniele) were not onstage as long as other characters, they still did a great job helping the show move along and adding in other elements of the ever-growing web.

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I have to give major props to the production staff. Mike Gahan (producer), Bill Graves (director) and assistant director Larry Daniele (the same one who plays Porter!) appear to have worked nicely together with the actors and crew members to create a wonderful production. A cool aspect of this production is that all of the music was created specifically for this production by James D. Watson. The combat choreography and special effects (created by Craig Hower) and the awesome set design/decoration (done by Sarah Seremet, Jhonni Jones, Tessa Silvestro and Benjamin Simpson) helped make the production even stronger.

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If you’re interested in seeing the show, go to http://www.ptplayers.com/ or call 301-932-6819 to get your tickets! The show runs May 17-June 2, 2019. Tickets cost $18 for adults and $15 for Students/Seniors/Military. Cash, checks and Visa/Mastercard/Discover are accepted. The Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8:00 PM. The Sunday matinees begin at 3:00 PM.  The theater opens 30 minutes before the show.

This is definitely a DON’T MISS production! If you are a fan of thrillers with awesome twists and turns, as well as laughter, get your butt to La Plata, MD TODAY!

*Please note this show does have gunshots*

Let me know in the comments below what you think!

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