BWW Reviews: A Killer DEATHTRAP at York Little Theatre

Matthew Sean McLaughlin makes for a solid Clifford Anderson, former student of Sidney's with a surefire hit mystery-thriller script. Clifford is a far more complex character than he appears to be at first, and McLaughlin is able to convey the nuances of the former welfare office clerk-turned-would-be playwright without overplaying Clifford's hand. McLaughlin and Quigley have the stage chemistry needed to make the two playwrights' personal dynamic work well throughout the convolutions of the script. Wayne Mundis as Porter Milgrim provides the steadying air of the old-fashioned, unimaginative but successful old-friend-of-the-family lawyer that still drops in on his clients in his brief appearances.

All in all, YLT's DEATHTRAP is a killer production. The intimacy of the Studio Theatre puts the audience almost into the middle of the situation, making them part of it rather than merely observers of events. Catch it if possible. At YLT through January 20; call 717-854-5715 or visit for tickets.

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Marakay Rogers America's most uncoordinated childhood ballet and tap student before discovering that her talents were music and writing, Marakay Rogers finally traded in her violin for law school when she realized that she might make more money in law than she did performing with the Potomac Symphony and in orchestra pits around the mid-Atlantic.

A graduate of Wilson College (PA) with additional studies in drama and literature from Open University (UK), Marakay is also a writer, film reviewer and interviewer for the Wilkes-Barre (PA) Independent Gazette, science-fiction publications, and other news outlets, and is listed in Marquis' "Who's Who in America". As of 2014, she serves as Vice-Chair of the Advisory Board of the Beaux Arts Society, Inc. of New York. Marakay is senior theatre critic for Central Pennsylvania and a senior editor for BWWBooksWorld as well as a classical music reviewer. In her free time, Marakay practices law and often gets it right.

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