Culture Street

Theatre

Review: Deathtrap

On April 17, 2015

By Jessica Leafe

Ira Levin’s Deathtrap is the longest running thriller on Broadway of all time, and Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s production of this, directed by Jo Turner, is a thoroughly entertaining one.

Without ruining the story, the play itself is hilarious – continually working between black comedy and tense horror, and often combining the two.

Set out in the lounge room of a used-by playwright and his wife (Andrew McFarlane and Sophie Gregg) in the late seventies, the plot includes ambition, greed, psychic fortune and of course, murder. It is, however, deliberately self-conscious and comically irreverent, poking a little fun at both the genre and theatrical setting in a similar way to the classic play version of The 39 Steps.

Its cast of five actors (including Timothy Dashwood, Georgina Symes and Drew Fairley) are all well-known faces to the Sydney theatre audience. They each bring the comedy and play the shock factor with strength.
Set designer Michael Hankin has brought the action into an enclosed and wonderfully foreboding set, complete with sunken lounge and working fireplace. The performance is highlighted by intermittent strobe lighting and musical accompaniment, which both work well at upping the horror as well as the parody.

This play will have you either laughing or gasping at sudden intervals. For a somewhat gruesome story, Deathtrap is a surprisingly light piece of real entertainment, and a recommended night out.

Deathtrap is playing at the Eternity Playhouse in Darlinghurst from 10 April – 10 May.

You Might Also Like

Theatre

The King and I partners with The Murdoch Children's Institute

Opera Australia and John Frost, producers of the much-loved musical The King and I, have announced a very special performance on Sunday June 8 to raise funds for the Murdoch...

On May 8, 2014

Theatre

Steve Danielsen prepares to dazzle Melbourne

If you saw Legally Blonde you will remember Kyle the UPS guy. Steve Danielsen was the understudy for this unforgettable role. It is this performance that led to his...

On May 5, 2014
 

Theatre

Dame Judi Dench wins an eighth Olivier Award

Dame Judi Dench has won a record eighth Olivier Award for her role as Paulina in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. It was the first production in the Kenneth Branagh Theatre...

On April 4, 2016

Books

Rodgers and Hammerstein's biography to celebrate 75 years of Oklahoma!

A Rodgers and Hammerstein biography will be released in 2018 to coincide with the 75th Anniversary of the opening of Oklahoma!, the pair’s first musical collaboration.

On July 2, 2015

Theatre

Cirque Du Soleil’s Ovo

By Rebecca McRitchie

On November 27, 2012
 
Copyright © 2012 - 2019 Culture Street
Contact: info@culturestreet.com.au