The play revolves around washed-up playwright Sidney Bruhl who finds a chance to rise to the top once more, a shot he would be willing to kill for. He hasn’t written a hit play for 18 years when he receives a script from a former student, Clifford Anderson, that is a guaranteed success. Sidney’s wife, Myra, suggests the two men could collaborate; Sidney jokes that it would be just as easy to murder the young man and steal the script for his own. When Clifford arrives later that evening, no one could predict where the dark events of the night will go. Who is innocent? Who only seems that way? Deathtrap is a sharply funny play full of twists and turns that keep an audience on the edge of their seats until the very last moment. Is anyone really safe when a man sees a clean shot at success?
It holds the record for the longest-running comedy-thriller on Broadway, and was nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Play.