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'Death trap' designed to thrill

Show 'going to be scary' at Playhouse

POSTED: October 14, 2012 12:29 a.m.
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Gloria Szokoly, left, and Jeff Boyce rehearse a scene for “Death Trap” on Tuesday at the Cumming Playhouse. The show runs Thursday-Sunday through Nov. 4.

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Murder and mayhem will captivate audiences at the latest Cumming Playhouse show.

“Death Trap” by Ira Levin, who also wrote “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Stepford Wives,” began a 16-performance run Thursday.

The show, a Gypsy Theatre Company production, continues Thursday-Sunday through Nov. 4.

Director Russ Ivey said the story focuses on a struggling playwright who finds a potential hit in the work of one of his students.  

“Basically, it’s this writer who’s a stage play writer and he’s in a lull in his career … and there’s a student of his that has written a really good stage play and [the student] has requested he review it before he send it out,” Ivey said.

From that point on, Ivey said, “there are a whole lot of twists and turns.”

Ivey said “Death Trap” is a good fit for October.

“It’s not a horror show by any means, but I would say it’s a good show for Halloween,” he said. “It’s a classic thriller along the lines of an Agatha Christie story.

“It’s an edge-of-your-seat kind of story and [audiences] will be sucked in immediately.”

He said the small cast of five should be impressive for audiences as well.

“They will thoroughly enjoy some very professional actors and a well-done total ensemble cast,” he said.

Gloria Szokoly, who portrays the character Helga, said the role was a challenge but fun.

“She’s a very quirky psychic, so she predicts things that are going to happen in the show,” Szokoly said. “It’s been challenging, first of all, because I had to learn to speak with a Dutch accent, but it’s been really fun.”

Ivey said the show incorporates many classic devices often used in thrillers.

“There’s a lot of gun shots in the show, a lot of thunder and lightning in the show,” he said. “It’s mayhem basically.”

Szokoly agreed that the show is a good fit for the Halloween season.

“It’s going to be scary,” she said. “If you like to be scared, you’ll like this one.”

 

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