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click to enlarge Daniel Cantor and Aaron Lattrell in Deathtrap

Daniel Cantor and Aaron Lattrell in Deathtrap

Brett Beiner

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 14 2016
Price: $36.40-$52
Sidney Bruhl was once a big-time writer of slick theatrical thrillers. But a series of flops has left him teaching seminars and hanging around the big country house his wife owns, staring at the blank piece of paper in his typewriter. Enter Cliff Anderson, a student in one of those seminars. Cliff, Sidney tells his wife, has written a slick theatrical thriller that is to die for—and nobody knows about it but Sidney. So: Is the has-been desperate enough to kill for it? Presented here in an engaging revival directed by William Osetek, Ira Levin's 1978 play delivers not only a beautifully twisty crime story but a clever subversion of same. Daniel Cantor is suitably obnoxious and believably ruthless as Sidney, but Cindy Gold steals scenes as the neighborhood psychic who delivers herself of visions the way anybody else might shit a brick. —Tony Adler



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