Milwaukee Chamber Theatre


by Ira Levin Running Time: 2 hours; 20 min

August 10, 2017 to
August 27, 2017

Cabot Theatre
Directed by Michael Cotey

Featuring Di'Monte Henning, Mary Kababik, David Sapiro, Susan Spencer, Bill Watson

What would you do for a killer idea?

Acclaimed but cash-strapped writer Sidney Bruhl has an exceptional new thriller in his hands. There's just one problem: It was written by one of his students. Sydney and his wife quickly come up with a solution -- offer to collaborate with the young writer, and they can split the profits 50/50. No need to consider more … lethal solutions.

Dripping with twists and turns, Ira Levin's Tony-nominated play is both a spellbinding thriller and a devilishly clever comedy. You won't know whether the next sound out of your mouth will be a laugh or a scream. [Contains mature content]

Co-Sponsored by:
Patrick & Julia Fennelly
Donald A. Cress
Briggs & Stratton Corporation Foundation
The Gerlach Family

Ira Levin
Clifford Anderson Di'Monte Henning
Helga Ten Dorp Mary Kababik
Porter Milgrim David Sapiro
Myra Bruhl Susan Spencer
Sidney Bruhl Bill Watson
Production Staff
Director Michael Cotey
Scenic Designer Arnel Sancianco
Costume Designer Eleanor Cotey
Lighting Designer Alex Ridgers
Properties Master Nikki Kulas
Sound Designer Grover Hollway
Stage Manager Brandy Kline
<August 2017>
6789107:30 PM (P)118:00 PM (O)128:00 PM
132:00 PM1415161:00 PM (*)7:30 PM (V)177:30 PM (T)188:00 PM194:00 PM8:00 PM
202:00 PM2122231:00 PM (*)247:30 PM (T)258:00 PM264:00 PM8:00 PM
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T=Talkback: post-show Q&A with actors and director
*=Talk Theatre: pre-show interactive discussion beginning at noon
V=ViewPoints: pre-show presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Talk Theatre

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 12:00 PM

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 12:00 PM

An opportunity to participate in informal pre-show discussions with MCT's Producing Artistic Director and other show-specific theatre artists.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017 6:30 PM

Experience in-depth, pre-show presentations led by engaging guest experts who offer insights into show-related issues and field questions from knowledge-hungry patrons.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017 7:30 PM

Thursday, August 24, 2017 7:30 PM

After select Thursday evening performances, you can meet the artists involved in a production, ask questions about the creative process and discuss your theatergoing experience.

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Study Guide


Media Coverage

MCT stunningly opens murder-mystery season

Thursday, August 17, 2017

DEATHTRAP, the season opener at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre for its chosen theme for 2017-18, the Mysteries of Life, certainly provides a stunning beginning. Its breathtaking set design and array of props (Arnel Sancianco and Nikki Kulas) and its realistic sound and lighting designs (Grover Hollway and Alexander Ridgers) all contribute to the final result - a fascinating mix of horror and humor.

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MCT's 'Deathtrap is a Non-stop Thrill Ride

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Now almost 40 years old, there's good reason why DEATHTRAP remains Broadway's longest-running thriller: It's a nonstop thrill ride for the audience.

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A Review of Chamber Theatre's Rollicking Whodunit, 'Deathtrap'

Monday, August 14, 2017

Director, actors and designers have a bloody good time in Ira Levin's '70s-era comic thriller.

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

Monday, August 14, 2017

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 stage?"

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Chamber’s “Deathtrap” a skillfull mystery told with twists and turns

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Michael Cotey, the adept young director from Milwaukee, channels the master in his mounting of DEATHTRAP at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, the unofficial opening production of the Milwaukee theater season.

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'Deathtrap' springs surprises in Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's comic thriller

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Fight director Chirstopher Elst ensures that the play's murder and mayhem are sufficiently realistic to induce gasps and screams; there were some of both from Friday's opening night audience at one point - as well as shocked silence at another point, following a particularly harrowing onstage murder.

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Chamber's "Deathtrap" gets caught in its own trap of twists and turns

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Ira Levin knows how to scare the bejesus out of readers.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Still considered Broadway's longest-running comedy/thriller some four decades after its debut, DEATHTRAP appears to still have some sizzle in a tantalizing production by Milwaukee Chamber Theatre.

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‘Deathtrap’ is a funny, suspenseful, classic mystery

Thursday, July 27, 2017

DEATHTRAP has the distinction of being the longest-running play of its type in Broadway's history - 1,7983 performances between February 1978 and June 1982.

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