Opening Night: Homecoming Players offer Ira Levin's “Deathtrap” for two nights only

February 5, 2016 by Mark H. Anbinder

Ithaca's Homecoming Players are opening their fourth season with a deliciously funny thriller. Ira Levin's "Deathtrap" is running for just two consecutive Mondays, February 8th and 15th.

"Deathtrap" opens Monday, February 8th."Deathtrap" opens Monday, February 8th.The longest-running comedy-thriller in Broadway history, "Deathtrap" was also a 1982 Sidney Lumet movie featuring Michael Caine as an aging playwright in a slump, with Dyan Cannon as his scheming wife, and Christopher Reeve as his protege. Hollywood Reporter said, "The intricately fashioned plot contortions brought gasps, the comedy lines drew delighted chortles..." and Time Magazine wrote, "If you care to assassinate yourself with laughter, try 'Deathtrap.'"

This month's Homecoming Players production, directed by George Sapio and stage managed by Leo Stellwag, is a concert reading featuring organizer Arthur Bicknell as playwright Sidney Bruhl, Effie Johnson as Myra Bruhl, Missel Leddington as Helga Ten Dorp, Dean Robinson as Porter Milgrim, Jacob Garrett White as protege Clifford Anderson, and Rachel Hockett as the Narrator.

"Deathtrap" is part of the Kitchen Theatre's Kitchen Sink series: It's not produced by the Kitchen Theatre Company, but is part of a program funded by CFCU Community Credit Union that enables smaller theatre companies to put on productions throughout the year when the theatre isn't being used for Kitchen productions. "For an itinerant company like ours, a steady artistic home like the Kitchen is a tremendous boon," Hockett says. "We pay a reasonable rental fee to KTC for one dress/tech rehearsal, plus two performances, and KTC artistic interns stage- and house-manage our shows."

Tickets are available for just $15, general admission, for the two 7pm performances on the next two Monday evenings. Call 607-272-0570 or visit homecomingplayers.org/tickets for advance ticket sales, or purchase any remaining tickets at the door 30 minutes before curtain.

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