Levin’s Deathtrap sure to thrill

Levin's Deathtrap sure to thrill When The University of South Dakota's Department of Theatre presents Ira Levin's popular thriller Deathtrap, Feb. 21-25 in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre, audiences can expect to shriek with delight as Levin takes them on a ride filled with more surprises than a wild rollercoaster.

Levin, master of the mystery genre, has authored a number of novels, plays and screenplays that are known for raising the hair on the back of the head. In addition to Deathtrap, Veronica's Room, Rosemary's Baby, and The Boys From Brazil typify Levin's penchant for the scary.

Deathtrap is set in a creaky barn that has been renovated to look like a colonial house. The environment is anything but charming, however, as the occupants sport an extensive collection of deadly weapons.

The action centers on Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of thrillers whose luck, money and inspiration have dried up. First year graduate student William Myers, Mercer, PA, plays the struggling playwright.

When Clifford, a talented student played by sophomore John Biddle, Sioux City, IA, solicits Bruhl's feedback on a play with blockbuster appeal, Bruhl agrees to collaborate. His intentions are less than honorable, however, as devious machinations ensue.

Other characters coming into the mix include Sidney's wife Myra, played by Colleen MacLaren Marsh, Sioux Falls, Helga Ten Dorp, a psychic played by Sarah Loeber, Millsboro, DE, and Porter Milgrim, an attorney played by Patrick Pope, Sioux Falls. With humor and menace, the action twists, turns and surprises in a way that elicits screaming, particularly from the audience.

The action is directed by Kathryn Hollerman as her thesis project. Graduate students Michelle Spencer Davidson and Steve Hirsch designed the costumes and sound, respectively, while Dennis Chandler, associate professor of theatre, designed the lighting. Guest artist Chris Jones designed the scenery.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and youth, and $1 for USD students with ID.

Tickets went on sale beginning Monday, Feb. 12. Reservations can be made by calling the USD Theatre box office at (605) 677-5400.

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