A devilishly clever thriller
by Ira Levin

May 6 – Aug 19

“A twisting plot of hidden meanings, shock-inducing moments, dark laughs, and maze-like intrigue.” (The Daily Express) Sidney Bruhl is a washed-up, has-been playwright. He’ll go to any length for a hit. Any length. When a young protégé sends him a draft of a surefire Broadway hit, he hatches a plot to—well, we wouldn’t want to spoil anything now, would we? From the mischievous mind of Ira Levin, Deathtrap is a devilishly clever thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat till the final bow.

Suitability Suggestion

Deathtrap is an intricately plotted, metatheatrical thriller about the creation of murder mysteries. Chock-full of snappy dialogue and ‘70s cultural references, this thriller/comedy contains staged violence, mild profanity, and some discriminatory language. It’s recommended for high schoolers and older. If you’d like more detailed information, visit our content advisory page. (Note: may contain spoilers.)

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