Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Catch Footlight's hit before its gone

The spades of irony might prove deadly

Posted by Rebecca Stanley on Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 10:15 AM

click to enlarge The cast of Deathtrap
  • The cast of Deathtrap
Everyone loves a good mystery. Knowing this, The Footlight Players have taken on Ira Levine's Deathtrap. The show is Broadway's longest-running comedy-thriller, and was popularized in a 1982 film adaptation with Michael Caine and Christopher Reeve. It's been popular in Charleston as well. Almost all of Footlight's shows have been sold-out. 

Deathtrap is a classically post-modern play. Meta allusions abound, and nothing is ever as it seems. Levine's work centers on disgruntled playwright Sidney Bruhl. Bruhl comes across a perfect "one set, five character" play mailed to him by a student, and begins to joke with his wife about the student's demise. What happens next is akin to classic Hitchcock, with more humor. 

The show closes with a matinee this Sunday with performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. 

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