Murder He Wrote

Shock and Laughter Slays the Bowie Playhouse with Prince George’s Little Theater’s Production “Deathtrap” April 27 – May 12

By Annamarya Scaccia

deathtrapImagine you’re a writer, churning out thriller after thriller to critical acclaim. Now imagine that you’re struggling to pen your next play, and your latest works have flopped. What lengths would you go to in order to get back on top?

That’s the quandary Sidney Bruhl is faced with when his career takes a nosedive. But Bruhl, the center of the 1978 play “Deathtrap,” decides to take a drastic step—instead of an honest solution, he decided to kill a young playwright and steal his newest work. It’s a desperate measure of a desperate man.

Written by the late writer Ira Levin, the two-act, five-character “play within a play” interlaces alarm and hilarity through shocking twists and spontaneous turns. And from Friday, April 27 to Saturday, May 12, Prince George’s Little Theater, Inc. (PGLT) will present its uproarious version of “Deathtrap” at the Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive in Bowie.

Directed by Gayle Negri and produced by Andrew Negri, PGLT’s production of the comedy-thriller will open on Friday, April 27 at 8 p.m. The cast includes local actors Mike Dunlop as Sidney, Karen Kellner, Kristofer Northrup, Millie Ferrara, and Joseph Mariano.

Other than the darkly comical premise, “Deathtrap” is a must-see for its longevity. The famous play holds the record for the longest-running play on Broadway, which was a four-year run after opening on the Great White Way in February of 1978, and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play. In addition, it was turned into a 1982 film starring the late Christopher Reeve and Michael Caine.

For more information, visit or call the PGLT box office at 301-937-7458.


Friday April 27 – Saturday, May 12

Opening Show: April 27 at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $19 adults, $14 seniors/18 and younger

Bowie Playhouse

16500 White Marsh Park Drive

Bowie, MD 20715

Published on Prince George’s Suite – Monday, April 23, 2012

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