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Hampton Theater Co. Stages Deathtrap

The Hampton Theatre Company will stage Deathtrap by Ira Levin, the longest running comic thriller in Broadway history starting Jan. 12 at the Quogue Community Hall.

The rubix cube of suspense involves a blocked writer of theatrical thrillers, Sydney Bruhl, and his wife, Myra, who has been paying his bills for the past 11 years. A former student, Clifford Anderson has written a can’t-miss Broadway hit and also figures in the mix.

Throw in a Dutch psychic, Helga Ten Dorp, who draws on her ESP to issue warnings to characters in harm’s way, and an attorney with aspirations of his own to write a hit play, and you have all the makings of a deadly game. You can never be sure who is the cat and who is the mouse.

Sydney Bruhl, the frustrated writer at the center of “Deathtrap,” will be played in Quogue by Andrew Botsford, a familiar face on the East End who appeared most recently as Marc in the HTC’s 2011 production of ART

Tristan Vaughan, who made his HTC debut last spring as the romantic lead in The Enchanted April, plays his former student and promising playwright, Clifford. Rosemary Cline plays Myra Bruhl, Sydney’s wife. Diana Marbury plays the psychic Helga Ten Dorp and newcomer John J. Steele, Jr. plays Sydney’s lawyer, Porter Milgrim.

Edward A. Brennan directs. The set is by Sean Marbury, lighting by Sebastian Paczynski, set decor by Diana Marbury, and costumes by Teresa LeBrun.

“Deathtrap” will be presented on Thursdays at 7, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 2:30. Ticket prices are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors (except Saturdays) and $10 for students under 21.

“Deathtrap” will run for three weekends from Thursday, Jan. 12 through Sunday, Jan. 29. Purhase tickets at Hampton Theatre or by phone 1-866-811-4111.

For more information, call the Hampton Theatre Company at 631-653-8955.

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