“Deathtrap” at Youngstown: Killer comi-thriller


So you remember the whole thing about the Dyan Cannon lookalike contest before opening night of Twelfth Night Productions‘ “Deathtrap” at Youngstown Arts Center Friday night? We got there in hopes of covering the big announcement … and learned they had no entrants. TNP did let us stay for the show, however (photo above features cast members Trish Loyd as Myra and Dave Clelland as Sidney); this year marks the play’s 30th anniversary, but aside from a couple period references (mentions of the late Merv Griffin, plus the ancient phrase “women’s lib”), it feels fresh and in spots, fun, especially whenever Jane Taylor as over-the-top psychic Helga (love the beaded fringe and sequins!) is onstage. Director Todd Downing paces his cast well through the many plot twists, which keep things though this is a one-setting, five-character play. Twelfth Night — a nonprofit West Seattle-based theater group (backstory here) — performs a matinee of “Deathtrap” at 3 pm today; then it plays again next Thurs-Fri-Sat-Sun (full showtimes and ticket info here).

1 Reply to ""Deathtrap" at Youngstown: Killer comi-thriller"

  • TD March 30, 2008 (11:58 am)

    Thanks so much for your generous coverage of Deathtrap at Youngstown. While there were a couple technical glitches opening night, Saturday’s performance wowed the house and set the tone for the rest of the run.

    Thank you for supporting Twelfth Night Productions and all they do in and for the West Seattle community.

    Todd Downing
    Director, Deathtrap

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