SYNOPSIS: Sidney Bruhl is a playwright desperately in need of a hit—and, just in the nick of time, a former student sends him his first play, a murder mystery called Deathtrap. Sidney invites the student up to his rustic country home for a talk about the play, all the while musing aloud to his wife that the student may not have shown the play to anyone else. Does Sidney have murder up his sleeve, or is he just being Sidney?
LANGUAGE: There is a very small amount of strong language in the play, including a few profanities and a few vulgarities.
The language includes “Oh, God” and “Goddamn (twice),” “asshole,” “son-of-a-bitch,” “bastard,” “shit,” and “whore,” none used more than once or twice.
SMOKING AND DRINKING: The characters drink in a few scenes. There is a reference to smoking marijuana.
VIOLENCE: There are three murders in the play, all designed to scare the audience to death.
FOR WHICH AUDIENCES?: Deathtrap is suitable for all general audiences, including teenaged children. Pre-teens might be frightened by the murders, although children aged ten and up have certainly seen worse on their video games.
RATING: Deathtrap was made into a movie, and it was rated “PG.” It probably warrants a “PG-13” rating, which didn’t exist when the movie was released.
This production is sponsored by:
Marriner S. Eccles Foundation
Lawrence T. and Janet T. Dee Foundation