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"Deathtrap" delivers dark comedy

by Sarah Morris - Copy Editor
Tue, Oct 3rd 2017 05:00 pm
Photo from The College at Brockport Theatre Department 's Facebook page
Robert Battle, who stars as Sidney Bruhl plays around with a crossbow on set. During the play, Bruhl plans to murder one of his students.
Photo from The College at Brockport Theatre Department 's Facebook page Robert Battle, who stars as Sidney Bruhl plays around with a crossbow on set. During the play, Bruhl plans to murder one of his students.

The College at Brockport’s Fine Arts Department will be putting on “Deathtrap”, a theatrical production by Ira Levin in the upcoming weeks. It will be showing at the Tower Fine Arts Mainstage October 6 through 7 and October 19 through October 21 at 7:30 p.m, with a Sunday matinee on October 8 at 2 p.m. “Deathtrap”, often referred to as a “play within a play”, revolves around a once successful playwright, turned professor, Sidney Bruhl. The dark Broadway hit is full of gasps and laughs. 

After reading one of his student’s plays and finding it surprisingly good, Bruhl makes plans to kill him and steal the script. Filled with twists and turns, the audience will experience A+ acting and storytelling by the students of the Fine Arts Program. “Deathtrap” was chosen as the first play of Brockport’s Department of Theatre and Music Studies’ 50th anniversary season. 

Playing Bruhl is Robert Battle. Joined by him is Samantha Bragg playing his wife, Myra. Bruhl’s student, Clifford, who wrote the play Bruhl so desperately wants to take credit for, is played by Slade Murphy-Whiteley. Helga ten Dorp, a psychic, and Porter Milgrim, Bruhl’s attorney, will be played by Miriam Thige and Steve Penta respectively. 

In a review of the Broadway production, The New York Times revered the play as “an absolute knockout of a suspense melodrama.” 

Tickets are $17 for general audiences, $12 for seniors, alumni, faculty and staff, and $9 for students. They can be purchased online, by phone at (585) 395-2787 or at the ticket booth in Tower. More information can be found on myBrockport or Brockport fine arts program’s Facebook page. 

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