Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Murder most cool: MCT's "Deathtrap" is the hip thing

Monday, August 14, 2017

by Jeff Grygny, Play on Milwaukee

Everyone loves a good murder. Dating back to the myth of Oedipus, philosophers have found in murder stories traces of the paradox of human consciousness (Who did it? could the guilty party possibly be... us?). From Poe through penny dreadfuls to classy PBS series, the whodunit has grown into a minor industry. Small wonder, then, that someone should contemplate killing for a share of the profits. DEATHTRAP is a devilishly clever extended riff on the tropes of the genre, with so many twists and feints, even the characters ask themselves "wouldn't this be great on the stage?" If you've never seen the show, or the film adaptation with Michael Caine and Christopher Reeve, this series of shocking reveals will bring pleasantly ghastly gasps aplenty. Whatever you do, DO NOT READ THE WIKIPEDIA PAGE!!! And if you already know the play's secrets - well, then, you are an accessory to murder, and you better not sing until your fellow playgoers are too.

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