On playing Sidney Bruhl in Ira Levin’s Deathtrap (No spoilers)

From the first few minutes of the play, Deathtrap by Ira Levin, to the end, we do not know what to expect.

Deathtrap feels like a classic of a genre, but it’s more a genre-buster than an exemplar. Despite it calling itself a” comedy thriller,”  it fits neither genre entirely.   I toys with the thriller genre too much to be a true thriller and opens some interesting questions, despite its comedy.

It is a cascade of mirrors.

As a child, if I stood in a particular place in my father’s bathroom and positioned the mirrored cabinet doors just right, I could see my reflection endlessly repeated.   Deathtrap is like that.  No wonder I like it .

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