Seemingly comfortably ensconced in his charming Connecticut home, Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a "dry" spell which has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from a student in the seminar he has been conducting at a nearby college a thriller which Sidney recognizes immediately as a potential Broadway hit. Sidney's plan, which he devises with his wife's help, is to offer collaboration to the student, an idea which the younger man quickly accepts. Thereafter suspense mounts steadily as the plot begins to twist and turn with devilish cleverness, and with such an abundance of thrills and laughter, that audiences will be held enthralled until the final, startling moments of the play.
Levin graduated from the Horace Mann School and New York University, where he majored in philosophy and English.
After college, he wrote training films and scripts for television.
Levin's first produced play was No Time for Sergeants (adapted from Mac Hyman's novel), a comedy about a hillbilly drafted into the United States Air Force that launched the career of Andy Griffith. The play was turned into a movie in 1958, and co-starred Don Knotts, Griffith's long-time co-star and friend. No Time for Sergeants is generally considered the precursor to Gomer Pyle, USMC.
Levin's first novel, A Kiss Before Dying, was well received, earning him the 1954 Edgar Award for Best First Novel. A Kiss Before Dying was turned into a movie twice, first in 1956, and again in 1991.
Levin's best known play is Deathtrap, which holds the record as the longest-running comedy-thriller on Broadway and brought Levin his second Edgar Award. In 1982, it was made into a film starring Christopher Reeve and Michael Caine.
Levin's best known novel is Rosemary's Baby, a horror story of modern day satanism and the occult, set in Manhattan's Upper West Side. It was made into a film starring Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes. Ruth Gordon won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance. Roman Polanski, who wrote and directed the film, was nominated for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium.
Other Levin novels were turned into movies, including The Boys from Brazil in 1978; The Stepford Wives in 1975 and again in 2004; and Sliver in 1993.
Stephen King has described Ira Levin as "the Swiss watchmaker of suspense novels, he makes what the rest of us do look like cheap watchmakers in drugstores." Chuck Palahniuk, in , calls Levin's writing "a smart, updated version of the kind of folksy legends that cultures have always used."
Ira Levin died from a heart attack at his home in Manhattan, on 12 November 2007. He was seventy-eight at the time of his death.
منو یاد نایوز اوت انداخت و توی همون سبکه اکت اول رو فوقالعاده دوس داشتم ولی حس میکنم توی اکت دوم کمی افت کرد در ضمن اگه اقتباس سینمایی سیدنی لومت رو نمیدیدم احتمالاً یه چیزهاییش برام غیرمنطقی میشد و فکر میکنم به خاطر سانسور باشه و دیدن فیلم توصیه میشه
Ha! What a set-up! If you like plays and want to read an ingenious and suspenseful multi-layered murder-mystery play about a murder-mystery play (x 3 or was it 4 ?) with just a touch of humor, you'll find it here in DEATHTRAP.
اتاق ورونیکا از آیرا لوین رو خوندین؟ بچه رزماری رو چطور؟ پسران برزیل رو هم پس نخوندین لابد :/ اما شکار مرگ رو دیگه بخونید، یا بشنوید. توی فیدی پلاس نسخه صوتیش هست و بسیار جذاب اجرا شده.
تا امروز، به عقیده من اتاق ورونیکا اثر ترسناک تر، پیچیده تر و روانشناسانه تری بوده نسیت به بقیه آثاری که از این نویسنده خوندم، اما شکار مرگ معروفترین و پرطرفدار ترین اثرشه ظاهرا. نمیفهمم چرا واقعا! این نمایشنامه رگه های طنز هم داره، خب شاید بخاطر همینه محبوبتره. خلاصه خوندن کارهای آیرا لوین خیلی تجربه باحالیه و پیشنهادشون میکنم. اما اما مک دونا همچنان نظیر نداره :))))
My second time reading this clever and suspenseful play.
Deathtrap. A thriller in two acts. One set, five characters. A juicy murder in Act One, unexpected developments in Act Two. Sound construction, good dialogue, laughs in the right places. Highly commercial. The damn thing is perfect.
Sidney Bruhl, a once successful playwright of murder/mysteries and thrillers, has lost his mojo. When he receives a very promising manuscript from one of his students asking his opinion, sinister notions enter Sidney’s head.
This was an entertaining play with a good amount of suspense! I was completely ignorant of this play previously, so the various twists and turns were quite surprising. I enjoyed the bit of humor sprinkled throughout as well. A play-within-a-play, Deathtrap kept me guessing which parts were “real”, which characters were actually the good guys and which were the bad. The psychic next door was a nice addition to the plot and added a bit of interest as well. I wasn’t thrilled with the last scene and believe I would have preferred the ending to occur in the second to last scene; just seemed a bit odd in my opinion. I think I would have enjoyed this more as a live production, but the written rendition was definitely a great diversion. I recommend this play to anyone looking for a fun and quick thriller. 3.5 stars.
بعد از خواندن اتاق ورونیکا، تصمیم جدی گرفتم که شکار مرگ رو هم حتما بخوانم. از آنجایی که در نقدها خوانده بودم بهترین نمایشنامهی "لوین" هست، تصور میکردم که یه سر و گردن از اتاق ورونیکا بالاتره؛ ولی نه تنها بالاتر نبود که غافلگیریها و تحلیل های روانشناسانهش به مراتب کمتر بود و از سطح انتظارات من پایین تر. ۱۴۰۰/۱/۸
A play-within-a-play, Deathtrap is a classic play-within-a play, which keeps readers wondering what's real and what's pretend. The occasional humor and the psychic living nearby augmented my reading enjoyment. However, the second act was one scene too long (of three.)
در اصل ۳.۵ اجرای صوتیش رو توی فیدی پلاس گوش کردم و اعتراف میکنم که اجرای صوتی بینظیری بود:) خود نمایشنامه خیلی متوسطه یعنی اگر اتاق ورونیکا رو از همین نویسنده خونده باشید توقع خیلی بالاتری ازش دارین! ولی خب در نهایت ایده جالبی داره😅 اگه نمایشنامه دوست دارین بشنوید یا بخونیدش و لذت ببرید!
بعد از اتاق ورونیکا، این دومین نمایشنامه بود که از آیرا لوین میخوندم. اتاق ورونیکا رو خییییلی دوست داشتم و واقعا من رو غافلگیر کرد! و به جرات میتونم بگم شکار مرگ حتی از اتاق ورونیکا هم بهتر بود. در حین خوندن کتاب با خودم میگفتم خب مشخصه در ادامه چی میشه.. و بعد که جلوتر میرفت چنان غافلگیر میشدم که باورم نمیشد! خلاصه که امیدوارم بقیه نمایشنامه ها و کتابهای لوین هم ترجمه و چاپ بشه تا باز هم لذت واقعی خوندن سبک تریلر رو تجربه کنیم.
شکارِ مرگ ، نمایشنامهیست پیچیده و تو در تو که مخاطب در طول نمایشنامه فکر میکند قدمِ بعدی را به درستی حدس زده ، اما آیرا لوین ، تلهی دیگر نمایشنامه را رو میکند و به مخاطب رو دست میزند و زمانی که در پایان فکر میکنیم دیگر همهچیز را فهمیدهایم ، در آخرین صحنه ، لوین آخرین تلهی خود را آشکار میسازد و این نکته را یادآور میشود که در دنیای من ، مخاطب نیز مانند شخصیتها بازی داده خواهد شد !
میگن ارتکاب جنایت روی کاغذ،باعث دفع تمایلات خصمانهست.منم قبول دارم که همینطوره.اگرچه همون موقع این فکر به ذهن آدم خطور میکنه که مرتکب یه قتل واقعی بشه.آدم رو وسوسه میکنه که ارزش انجام دادنش رو داره.
A whole lot of fun, an equal amount of creepy, and a pinch of wtf is going on here.
I've never enjoyed reading a play, after having already seen it, as much as I enjoyed this one, and that's saying something because I don't usually read plays.
But this one is highly recommended for people who like metafiction and mind games as this is a story within a story pretending to be an imitation of a play for the purpose of carrying out the perfect murder. You'll never guess who dies, who really dies, who's behind it all, or why. Well, unless you've seen the play or read a couple of the reviews on the book page. Seriously, people, there's a spoiler html script for a reason.
So, yeah, give this one a try. Hard copies might be hard to find, but I'm sure your local library has a few that haven't been checked out in years.
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If you don't mind spoilers and are in the mood for something funny,
I read this play as preparation for Eight Perfect Murders. With a little adapting, it would have made a fantastic Colombo episode since after the first act the reader knows who did it, how and why and probably (at least I did) wants the murderer to get their comeuppance. When the play opens, a once-successful playwright, Sidney Bruhl, is bemoaning to his wife that one of his former students sent him a perfect play for Sidney’s comments…If only Sidney could write like that again. Then Sidney realizes that no one knows about the student or the play…he could take credit for it if the real author were to “disappear” and all Sidney’s money worries would also disappear. I won’t say more since I don’t want to spoil the wonderful surprise at the end of Act I.
I think this would be quite a fun play to watch in person (and in the modern age they wouldn't have to dance around certain themes that would have been too unpalatable for 80's audiences but are now very much normalized). Not that exciting of a read on the page unfortunately, and I thought Act 2 Scene 3 was kind of unnecessary and dumb. 2.5 rounded up? Having a hard time rating this.
I do like reading plays and will try and read more of them.
I have now read about half of Levin's works and not one have been a disappointment. This time, he writes about a murder-mystery-thriller inside a murder-mystery-thriller, packed with creepy moments, humor, and of course, twists that you were not expecting--even though Levin is notorious for his unexpected twists even though you were expecting a twist yet were still surprised by it. Are you confused by this statement? Trust me, read Deathtrap and you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.
Highly entertaining, I would love to see this on stage! The dialogues were full of dark humour, the sense of impending danger was masterfully done and the twist absolutely great. I am a little sad I was spoiled by Peter Swanson's Rules for Perfect Murders, but it is also true I wouldn't have picked this up if I had not read about it in Swanson's latest novel. A perfect murder indeed...
Ha! That was absolutely great. It had me laughing and at the edge of my seat. I absolutely loved the Princess Bride vibes with this being a play...about a play...about a play. It was SO CLEVER and twisty. It was like whiplash, just when you thought you know what’s going on, something happens to turn that on it’s head, and then the very next moment you’re turned around again! Super quick read and totally worth it. I’d actually love to see this performed. Solid 4.5 stars.