Deathtrap poster

Novelist and playwright Ira Levin is probably best known for his books such as Rosemary’s Baby, The Stepford Wives, and Sliver, however his play Deathtrap garnered him Broadway fame. Deathtrap was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play in 1978, won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Play in 1980, and holds the record as the longest-running thriller in Broadway’s history. Deathtrap was later made into a film starring Christopher Reeve, Michael Caine, and Dyan Cannon.

Sidney Bruhl is a famous playwright of thrillers, but hasn’t had a hit in years. Along comes Clifford Anderson, an enthusiastic student and fan of Sidney’s, who’s just written the perfect play – a five-character, one-set, two-act thriller. Sidney would love to get in on the action. After all, his teaching influenced Clifford to begin with. Sidney’s wife Myra suggests the two men collaborate, but soon even Sidney’s lawyer isn’t sure whether the two playwrights are working with or against one other.

Deathtrap cast photo

When asked why he thinks this play has been so successful throughout the years, Metro Theatre director Don Briard comments on Levin’s stellar writing. “What struck me about the script is Levin’s attention to detail,” he says. “As we worked through the script, we found more and more lines that foreshadowed events to come – subtle, not spoiler alert material, but they were there nonetheless. This is among the finest thrillers ever written.”

Indeed, Deathtrap offers everything you need for a great night at the theatre: drama, mystery, romance, suspense, humour, sentiment, a strong storyline, great characters, and even a psychic neighbour.

Directed by Don Briard, this award-winning thriller stars Drew Taylor, Melanie Preston, James Behenna, Deborah Tom and Don Briard.


Dates: January 11 to February 8; Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 pm; January 19, February 2, 2:30
Venue: Metro Theatre, 1370 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver [MAP]
Tickets: Adults, $25; Students/seniors, $22; available online or via phoning 604.266.7191 

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