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Cambria Center for the Arts comedy-thriller 'Deathtrap' opens

John Laird, Mary-Ann Maloof and Christopher Riordan are among the cast of 'Deathtrap.'
John Laird, Mary-Ann Maloof and Christopher Riordan are among the cast of 'Deathtrap.'

Ira Levin’s “Deathtrap,” which holds the record for longest-running comedy-thriller on Broadway, is coming to the Cambria Center for the Arts. The play opens with a preview night Friday, April 17, and runs through May 3.

Elaine Fournier will direct the Center’s production of the play, which contains numerous plot twists and references itself as “a play within a play.”

Nominated for a Tony as Best Play, “Deathtrap” was adapted for the screen in a 1982 film starring Christopher Reeve, Michael Caine and Dyan Cannon.

The plot involves Sidney Bruhl (portrayed by John Laird), a previously successful playwright who has suffered through a series of box office flops and is having trouble writing. Sidney mimics reading a play that he tells his wife, Myra (Mary-Ann Maloof), he has received from one of his students, Clifford Anderson (Christopher Riordan).

The Center’s production also features Christine Miller as Helga Ten Dorp and Mark Plater as Porter Milgram.

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Center, 1350 Main St., Cambria.

Admission is $20 for adults; $15 for Allied Arts members, groups of 10 or more and preview night; $5 for students with IDs. Tickets are available at (800-838-3006) or at the CCA Gallery, 1350 Main St., (927-8190). The box office is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.