DEATHTRAP (DAVIDSON-VALENTI THEATRE): 87% – SWEET

Brian Foyster, left, Cynthia Gravinese and Burt Grinstead in "Deathtrap". Credit: Ken Sawyer.

SWEET
Director Ken Sawyer has successfully added sensual passion to a play that usually succeeds solely through cleverness and scares. Though the casting is uneven, Grinstead brings a youthful energy and acting skill that increases as the play’s tension mounts.
Tom Provenzano – LA Weekly

SWEET
But who goes to “Deathtrap” to see nuanced method acting? We want torture, we want mind games, we want to shriek. Sawyer gives us live flesh and a few effective bumps in the night. Done.
Charlotte Stoudt – LA Times

SWEET
Ira Levin’s spine-tingling thriller Deathtrap is back, and while it’s not in fact “the first Los Angeles production in 20 years” as proclaimed in press materials (San Pedro’s Little Fish Theatre revived it terrifically in 2009), its arrival at the Davidson/Valentini Theatre is exciting news indeed, particularly since the Ken Sawyer-directed production is a prime example of L.A. theater at its all-around finest.
Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA

BITTERSWEET
Levin’s tongue-in-cheek plot twists and deprecating references to the play’s genre prove to be storytelling at its craftiest, something director Ken Sawyer and producer Jon Imparato honor with utmost deference.
Travis Michael Holder – Backstage

BITTERSWEET
However, while the casting in this play is flawless, and each actor the perfect type for their role, four of the five performers are merely serviceable (the fifth is outstanding).
Tony Frankel – Stage and Cinema

SWEET
Now on stage at the Davidson/Valentini Theatre of the Gay and Lesbian Center, this new production of the classic is every bit as fun as the original with a little sexual eye candy thrown in for good measure.
Don Grigware – Grigware Blogspot

SWEET
The current re-mounting of Ira Levin’s “Deathtrap” at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center’s Davidson/Valentini Theatre ranks as one of the best technically produced productions in Los Angeles; comparable with, and even surpassing, the production values of major theater venues.
Gil Kaan – Culture Spot LA

SWEET
That’s because we were all enjoying the delicious thrills and laughs of Ira Levin’s classic comedy-chiller, Deathtrap, now playing at the Davidson/Valentini Theatre in Hollywood for its first LA staging in twenty years.
Pauline Adamek – ArtsBeatLA

DEATHTRAP
Davidson-Valentini Theatre
the Village at Ed Gould Plaza
1125 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays; Ends May 6, 2012
Tickets: $20-$25; Contact: (323) 860-7300
Running time: 2 hours, 20 minutes

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