Crossroads Theatre Guild performs murder-mystery

REED CITY — One of Broadway's longest-running stage shows will be adapted for the enjoyment of local community members.

"Deathtrap" will be performed by members of the Crossroads Theatre Guild later this month. The production, by Ira Levin, is a five-member-cast comedy thriller which has been called a play within a play. The story revolves around a former successful playwright, his wife and a student who has written a play which will surely be a hit. Scheming and twists surround the plot.

Ron Ingraham, director of "Deathtrap," has an affinity for the dramatic, suspenseful and mysterious performances.

"I think the guild has done a lot of comedies and I thought it was time for something from the other side of the spectrum," Ingraham said. "The audience is going to be mystified and the play will keep them on the edge of their seats."

Cast members Mike Michaud and Risi Westgate are excited to present the play.

"The ambiance pulls you in," Westgate said. "It's got some comedy and it keeps you guessing, but it also has an undertow of drama."

Michaud agreed.

"It leaves the audience wondering what's going on," he said. "I think they'll like it and walk away with their own idea of how it ends. They'll be talking about it on the ride home."

Performances of "Deathtrap" will take place at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, April 22 and 23, and April 29 and 30, and at 2 p.m. on April 24 and May 1, at the performing arts center, located at the corner of Upton Avenue and Park Street. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Though there are still some kinks to work out during rehearsal, Ingraham is confident in his cast and crew.

"They're coming along really well and I'm sure they'll have everything worked out," he said.