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“Deathtrap” at the John W. Engeman Theater


“on Jonathan Collins’ meticulously ostentatious set […] Sidney Bruhl’s lodge-like Connecticut home is a museum devoted to his career, replete with posters of his long-past hits and artifacts of scripted mayhem — from pistols to crossbows.” – Newsday

“Additionally, you can’t help but notice Jonathan Collins’ remarkable set that dresses the large stage of the Long Island venue. You will find yourself “wow”ing the single room set that is Sidney’s writing room is filled with masculine, mahogany touches and a partner’s desk as a focal point.” – Broadway World

“When your scribe walked to his assigned seat in the Engeman Theater, he was struck by the magnificent, massive murder scene that was the set, a Connecticut barn renovated to look like a 17th century interior. The giant glass chandelier, the priceless antique desk, the wall decorated with murder weapons from the lead character’s past theatrical efforts, even the upstage center hallway with stairs could not help but impress deeply. It was more opulent, more detailed, and more integrated than the one used in the Broadway version that your scribe enjoyed seeing never mind how long ago.” North Shore of Long Island

“The thing that’ll initially take your breath away is Jonathan Collins’ set. The Encore Award-winning scenic designer puts us in a writer’s study so appropriately appointed that we can virtually see and hear the gulls of Westport diving for baitfish in the nearby Sound.” – Smithtown Matters

“I have to begin by saying that the set designed by Jonathan Collins– which theatergoers admired before the show even began– is a masterpiece. The huge space with high ceilings has all the accoutrements of a luxurious rustic lodge and resonates with authenticity. Cranberry-hued walls and other furnishings in the same color family, like the cozy leather Chesterfield chairs and draperies, harmonize well with the dark wood beams. There’s a fieldstone fireplace and three mounted deer heads above the entrance into the room. Collections of knives, guns, and other weapons line the walls. It is the perfect man cave for playwright Sidney Bruhl (James Lloyd Reynolds) and the audience will soon learn that the weapons are either proud souvenirs from his successful stage productions or antiques.” – Northport Daily News

“Scenic Designer Jonathan Collins has achieved a marvelously detailed stage. Perfectly accentuated with lighting effects by Wilburn Bonnell, the vaulted ceilings, architectural details and many “windows” give the perfect feel to the show”