Intriguing and impossible, Traps is a puzzle about living with other people that plays tricks with time. In two looping, sinuous acts, the play presents several versions of the lives of Syl, Jack, Albert, Reg, Del and Christie, who live in a commune. These six characters, four men and two women, repeat themselves, repeat the same action, exit the room and re-enter; they change partners, play Patience, and move between alternate scenarios with a fluidity that is unreal, and yet not illusionary. It is a hypnotic treatment of choices, connections and possibilities.
Traps was first produced in 1977 at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, London.