I saw Deathtrap at the Jungle Theater four years ago, but fortunately my memory is poor enough that I didn't remember any of the plot twists. It was as if I was seeing it for the first time! I really don't want to give away too much of the plot, because watching it unfold is part of the fun. Usually you can sort of tell where a play is going or how it's going to end, but watching Deathtrap, as each scene ended, I had no idea where the next scene was going, which certainly kept me alertly watching throughout the show.
|Vincent Hannam and Charles Numrich (photo courtesy of TRP)|
Set and costume designer John A. Woskoff (with prop design by Robert J. Smith) has realistically created a late '70s Connecticut carriage house on the in-the-round stage. This is a play that requires very specific set configuration and props, which could be a challenge in the round, but has been worked out quite well. Around the outside of the space are shelves and display cases chock full of vintage books, magazines, tchotchkes, and the weapons that Sydney collects (some of which figure into the action). The sofa divides the space between the all-important fireplace and desk. Lighting (Bill Larsen) and sound (Eric Webster) help to create the feeling of tension at just the right places.
Deathtrap continues at Theatre in the Round, the longest running theater in Minneapolis, through March 12. Check it out for some suspenseful, surprising, trippy fun.
*Plot summary borrowed from what I wrote about the Jungle Theater production four years ago.