Deathtrap

Deathtrap marks the return of indoor performances at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. Photos by Olivia Michaels Bogert.
The CENTER has returned indoors for its autumn season, and to say I'm OK with that is an understatement.

By Andrew Andrews

Sidney Bruhl is a playwright with a string of successful murder mysteries under his belt who can’t come up with his next story.

After receiving a perfect manuscript from a student in one of his seminars, Sidney suggests to his wife Myra that he would literally kill to make it his next commercial success.

Sidney invites the playwright, Clifford, to their home, under the pretense of offering to collaborate on the story to make it viable.

When Clifford arrives, Sidney uses one of the medieval weapons in his collection to strangle him, then demands that Myra help him dispose of the body in her flower bed.

After their psychic neighbor Helga ten Dorp appears with a frantic warning that something terrible is about to happen in the house, Sidney and Myra compare the discrepancies between her predictions and what actually transpired.

Full of plot twists that start before the end of Act I, Deathtrap won’t have you wondering whodunit?, but it will have you wondering who will be the next to do what.

Cindy Kubik, Elaine Young, John Remington, Austin Carrothers and Jeremy Ratel make up the cast.

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Andrew Andrews attended Deathtrap at The Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck on Friday, October 1, 2021 @ 8:00pm to write this review.

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