Deathtrap Revival Canceled After Author's Sons Object To Nudity And Gayness

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Michael Caine and Christopher Reeve in the movie
A production of the late Ira Levin's mystery play Deathtrap won't return to the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center after all because Levin's three sons, who control his estate, didn't like two things about the production:


1) The nudity. (The aspiring writer character, named Clifford, disrobed at one point and showed his bare butt for about 30 seconds.)

2) The overt physicality between Clifford and his older mentor, Sidney (this even though the original 1978 play featured a kiss between those two, as did the 1982 movie version with Christopher Reeve and Michael Caine, and the recent London revival featuring Jonathan Groff and Simon Russell Beale).

The real mystery here is...what's the problem?

And if it was going to be done at a Gay Center, of all places, why would you make them sublimate the sexual stuff?

I wish Ira was alive to explain.



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4 comments
johnsimone
johnsimone

Famous gay actor Brian Bedford (Obie Award, for acting, Village Voice, 1964, for The Knack), made millions off of touring in Deathtrap across America in 1979-80.

blissbaby
blissbaby

If they ever do a play of Rosemary's Baby, I hope the sons don't take out the straighht lovemaking. Bet they won't.

blissbaby
blissbaby

Weird indeed.  The kiss is supposed to be a reveal at the end of Act One, so maybe this production had them touching before that and that ruined the mystery? That's the only "offensive" thing I can think of. We'll never know since the sons gave no comment.

exackerly
exackerly

I dunno, it didn't really strike me as all that gay of a play to begin with. The gayness seemed kind of tacked on as a plot device. And Reeve and Caine aren't terribly convincing as lovers (although Christopher also played a gay man in The Fifth of July).

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