“Death­trap” brings twists, thrills, laughs to the Mars

Walker County Messenger - - Sports -

Award-win­ning theater com­pany Back Al­ley Pro­duc­tions in­vites you to the Mars The­atre, at 117 N. Chat­tanooga Street in LaFayette, GA, for our up­com­ing thriller, Ira Levin’s “Death­trap.”

Per­for­mances are Fri­day and Satur­day evenings at 7:30 p.m., with Sun­day mati­nees at 2:30 p.m., July 28 - Aug.6. Tick­ets can be pur­chased 30 min­utes be­fore show­time at the theater box of­fice, or on­line at www. BAPshows.com. Au­di­ence mem­bers are ad­vised the show con­tains mild PG-level vi­o­lence and lan­guage, and dis­cus­sion of adult sit­u­a­tions which may not be ap­pro­pri­ate for younger chil­dren.

“Death­trap” tells the story of Sid­ney Bruhl, a mid­dle-aged, washed up play­wright who re­ceives a script in the mail from Clif­ford An­der­son, a stu­dent at a sem­i­nar Sid­ney had con­ducted for as­pir­ing play­wrights. Sid­ney im­me­di­ately rec­og­nizes the script as a cer­tain com­mer­cial hit.

“Levin’s script has a much more com­i­cal tone than the av­er­age thriller,” Direc­tor Zack Jor­dan ex­plained. “Aside from the en­gag­ing cat-and-mouse plot, the show also pro­vides an abun­dance of laughs from the elec­tric cast of the sar­cas­tic Sid­ney, the long­suf­fer­ing Myra, the ide­al­is­tic Clif­ford, and the bois­ter­ous Dutch psy­chic Helga ten Dorp. Yes, there’s a psy­chic.”

Hav­ing re­cently au­thored a string of flops, Sid­ney is feel­ing the pres­sure to cre­ate another suc­cess, both for the sake of his rep­u­ta­tion and his fi­nances. At his long­suf­fer­ing wife Myra’s sug­ges­tion, Sid­ney in­vites Clif­ford to col­lab­o­rate with him un­der the guise of edit­ing the play, while Sid­ney’s ac­tual plan is to mur­der Clif­ford and steal his script. From there, the plot twists and turns, lead­ing to an amus­ing and un­ex­pected con­clu­sion.

“Death­trap is first and fore­most a comedic thriller, giv­ing au­di­ences an op­por­tu­nity to be sur­prised and en­ter­tained,” Jor­dan adds. “Be­neath the sur­face, how­ever, it in­vites view­ers to ask them­selves to what ex­tent ends jus­tify means and to what lengths they would go to in or­der to be suc­cess­ful.”

Tick­ets are $15 for adults and $12 for stu­dents and se­niors. For in­for­ma­tion, r call 706.621.9129 or 706.621.2907.

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