Ira Levin (play), Jay Presson Allen (screenplay) Michael Caine in Deathtrap ( ) Michael Caine and Dyan Cannon in Deathtrap () Christopher Reeve . : Deathtrap: A Thriller in Two Acts (): Ira Levin, Ira Levin: Books. THE STORY: Seemingly comfortably ensconced in his charming Connecticut home, Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to.

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But shortly after Clifford arrives, it’s clear that things are not what they seem! So glad to reread it decades later. Nov 27, Liza rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Talk about a lack of agency! Sidney’s attempt to kill Clifford has given Clifford the plot details he needs to complete his play. A good read — and if you ha A finely written mystery-thriller play, with lots of neat twists. Add the first question. Not sure if Cannon’s character was meant to be annoyingly funny but Dyan managed to annoy and amuse – at the same time.

This is the best play in the world so many reversals. Alternate Versions CBS added 4 minutes to this film for its network television premiere. Two weeks have elapsed, Clifford is working on his manuscript but Sidney continues to suffer from writer’s block.

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Written by Craig C. Edit Storyline To make Sidney’s slump all the more painful, Clifford Anderson, a student of one of Sidney’s writing seminars, has recently sent his mentor a copy of his first attempt at playwrighting for Sidney’s review and advice.

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I bit dated but a very funny concept. The first is his obvious hatred of women–they are always portrayed as buffoons, shrews, helplessly stupid, or some combination of the three. Burt – the Bartender Al LeBreton To the horror of his wife, Myra, Sidney appears to choke the young man to death and drags him off to bury him. They’ll lure the would-be playwright to the Bruhl home, kill him, and market the sure-fire script as Sidney’s own.

Sidney Bruhl, a previously successful playwright, has had a series of box office flops and is having trouble writing.

Stage Actress George Peck Sign In You’ll have to sign in before you share your experience. However, Levin’s hang ups weigh it down. Sep 16, Cody rated it it was amazing Shelves: First Broadway program If you don’t like thrillers and humor, I’d recommend Deathtrap anyways.

Sep 18, Candi rated it liked it Shelves: Sidney, relieved that Helga has not accurately envisioned the murder, reassures Myra to the point that she admits her own secret wish that Sidney was going to go through with the murder to steal the script. However, the more I read of Ira Levin, two points of extreme irritation continuously come up that hamper my enjoyment of his work. Unknown dramatist Clifford Anderson has sent his…. Porter Milgrim Joe Silver Not a word wasted.


Sidney asserts that the student’s play is a certain hit. The play is known as one of the biggest hits on Broadway, running for four years with almost performances. It’s easy to see why Deathtrap is the longest running thriller in Broadway history. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

The New York Times. In this particular one though, the director chose to include the kiss, but judging by this patron’s letter, you might be led to think there had been full frontal nudity on the stage that night.

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Oct 29, Maleen rated it really liked it. Feb 17, Jack rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jun 05, Marty Clarke rated it it was amazing.

In DeathtrapLevin has taken the basic components of thrillers and horror stories; murder, deceit, innocent dethtrap with hidden sinister meanings, plot reversals, unexpected turns of events, etc.