The Tourist Trap

By Ghoulish Delights
Written by Tim Uren
Theatre in the Round

Just so you know, this show has Violence, Adult language.

Welcome to the Bingham House, a creepy road-side attraction in the Black Hills where the relics of a notorious killer are on display. Today's visitors are about to discover it also houses a deadly deception.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 12 and up.

 Thursday, 7/31 @ 5:30 p.m.
 Saturday, 8/2 @ 1:00 p.m.
 Tuesday, 8/5 @ 7:00 p.m.
 Friday, 8/8 @ 10:00 p.m.
 Saturday, 8/9 @ 7:00 p.m.
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Unexpected Frights!

by Greg Hernandez on August 12, 2014
This user has reviewed 13 shows

Not what you expect from the postcard image and Tim Uren's name on the show. Serious moments of terror come out of nowhere and take you by surprise. Of course, some comic relief is inevitable in a Uren play but the jokes give way to thrills and chills very swiftly. Wethern shines again as an everyman with something dark on his mind. Leaf and the rest of the cast are equally awesome to watch. Well staged for the In The Round setting. The play was only 40 minutes (rumor has it they needed that much time to mop up the stage blood) but I don't know if I could have taken much more, in a good way! Very happy I got to see this one.

A show (blood)spattered with fun

by Sid Korpi on August 10, 2014
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Strong performances from this ensemble created a memorable show about serial killers and cults and possession. Dark stuff, of course, yet still they milked many laughs from it, as well as many cringes in horror. A terrific way to end our Fringing day and give us nightmares.

Good Live horror

by Scott Gilbert on August 9, 2014
This user has reviewed 48 shows

I liked this show, but was bothered by the used of space. It is hard to work in the round and I wish this show had been assigned a different venue. Several performances were rock solid, but I think they deserve better material.

There is no such thing as too scary

by Robb Krueger on August 9, 2014
This user has reviewed 17 shows

Fine performances all around from the cast and a tight script packed with reversals from Tim Uren really make this dark horror story work. More than just another variation on the Creepy Old House genre, this production uses the limitations of live theatre to its advantage. I found myself squirming more than once. I do wish I had read the reviews telling where to sit; this show is not blocked to use the TRP space to its best advantage, though the few required set pieces make staging for the whole room difficult. And as for the short run time: this play takes all the time it needs. It's a complete story with no padding. Great job!

Best ... Dialogue ... Ever!

by David Rust on August 8, 2014
This user has reviewed 26 shows

A horror story is a tricky thing to do in general largely due to how personal horror is. Therefore, I cannot say that this show will work as well for others as it did for me. But with a minimalist set, these five accomplished actors told a bloody tale of an old cult, serial killings, and the desolate backwater of South Dakota. It was honestly shocking and scary in several moments with an astounding transformation by Ariel Leaf: brilliant acting!

What really got me, though, was the amazing dialogue. Delivered by this troupe of actors, it was all the more effective. The whole narrative was tight and evocative. Listening to the characters interact was poetry. Just fantastic wordsmithing!

Creepy and Intense

by Jimmy Leduc on August 6, 2014
This user has reviewed 12 shows

This show keeps you on the edge of your seat and also squirming in your seat. It is creepy in all the right ways and intense in all the right ways. The story is brought to life by a great cast as well.

Cut To The Bone

by August Berkshire on August 6, 2014
This user has reviewed 52 shows

At 40 minutes, this is one of the shortest plays in the Fringe. But that was fine; I prefer short and concise to dragged out. That said, it took about 10 minutes for this play to really get going. However, once it did, it was the kind of scary psycho story that many of us watch Criminal Minds to see, with a dash of the supernatural for good measure.

A Good Stab at Horror!

by Tony Harrington on August 6, 2014
This user has reviewed 5 shows

I'm not sure if the all the scary bits hit for me - it played for me as campy (perhaps too many cartoons as a child). Nevertheless, all of the characters were interesting and well-drawn, and the actors portrayed them well. A great show.


by Richard Coleman on August 5, 2014
This user has reviewed 2 shows

A well-written script written by Tim Uren with interesting, quirky characters and solid performances by Tim, Clarence Wethern, Charles Hubbell, Ariel Leaf & Amy Schweickhardt make this a must see. I've always been a little suspicious of tour guides. You may never want to go on one again.

For a change

by Nick Lewandowski on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 5 shows

The setup is worthy and the payoff is strong. This physically made me shiver twice -- a first for me at a Fringe performance. Not for everyone, but a welcome change from the popular Fringe laugh-fests.

Plus, the short runtime allows you leeway if your next show is in Uptown or Downtown.

Don't like being scared, but liked this

by Rena Rasch on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 21 shows

I enjoyed this show. The actors were convincingly scared and scary.

Best I've Seen So Far

by Matthew Briggs on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 3 shows

It's difficult to describe how good this show is without spoilers, so go see it for yourself. The tension build is perfectly crafted, and the entire cast delivers without forecasting the big twists. You will feel very uncomfortable in a good way. Lots of fun!

Live Horror!

by Jasper Crimmons on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I applaud Tim Uren's passion for bringing the horror genre to the stage. It's a hard thing to do live. Modern audiences are a cynical bunch and closing that mental door that allows willing suspension of disbelief is tough. This show does it thanks to a great cast and a tight, atmospheric script. Not for the squeamish though.

Tim Uren does it again

by Katrina Hicks on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Tim Uren's "Rats in the Walls" from a few years back was one of my top 5 fringe show experiences ever. The first half of this show was just as deliciously creepy as that show was. The second half was a wild trip I thoroughly enjoyed.

Scared Socks Off

by Will Tinkeltoes on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I wanted to see if this was truly as horr-i-ble as people said, and it is! Horror fans will leave a wetspot. Others will cover their eyes and hope it ends. And, thankfully, it is short that I have time to get my pulse back to the norm. It is an experience very well done. Very well done. But can I now open my eyes?

The Horror!

by Eric Wentling on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 28 shows

The Tourist Trap was a really well done production and quite creepy and disturbing, differing from the glut of comedies I've been seeing. This one would have fit in just fine to the Twin Cities Horror Festival. Full of disturbing twists, I would recommend this if you like serial killers, gore, and great acting!

Horrible and Wonderful

by Corinna Troth on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I am not a horror fan, but saw the show because of the strong cast. Interesting script and well performed with an especially impressive performance from Ariel Leaf. Choose your seat carefully - to avoid the columns at TRP - you will want a good view of the chair that faces the entrance, so avoid the sections directly across from you as you enter the space.

quintessential ghost story

by David Trudeau on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 37 shows

Short and snappy - full of surprises. Sucks you in and then lets you have it with both barrels. Uren fans will be pleased.

Super Creepy

by Mark Long on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 34 shows

The twisted mind that is Ghoulish Delights pushes the Fringe envelope with this story of a tourist curiosity gone wrong. It's a slow-burn at first, and then it rages through some unexpected horrors. Not for the squeamish, but definitely for those that want something odd and different, but well-written and well-acted, from their Fringing.

This show "Goes" There

by Kathy Douglass on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Not sure I've ever seen blood and gore on a Fringe stage before. The show starts out promising. I thought I was in for a real treat. I don't know why the audience was laughing so much in the beginning. I found it riveting but not at all funny. I don't think the audience got it. Then the big switch. This show turned very dark, and not in a good way. In a way that really didn't make a lot of sense and didn't really work. It was scary it was just gross.

This is good horror.

by Vicki Shofner on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 9 shows

Horror on stage is tough to do and can be harder to watch. This show delivers all the gasps, skin crawling, cover your eyes moments that horror should. Bonus is that the several surprises in the plot prevent you from forecasting. Ariel Leaf is as always remarkable.

Wish we could have a campfire at TRP

by Terri Ristow on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 9 shows

A spooky tale that would be perfect on a dark & stormy night, or around a campfire. Ariel Leaf brings her strong acting skills to the story.

Creepy and Scary

by Maynerd Saxon on August 2, 2014
This user has reviewed 10 shows

A bit too intense but works remarkably well in the round. A bit short, but could my heart stand more? The choice, to face the chair or not. Charles Hubbell is now in my dreams.

Very Creepy.

by Heather Walsh on August 2, 2014
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Very creepy show in all of the right ways. It may seem a little slow at first but it is well worth it. Great use of the space too. If you are looking to get freaked out then this is your show. Not for the squeamish.

Worth it for the buildup

by Derek Lee Miller on August 2, 2014
This user has reviewed 10 shows

Charles Hubbell gives such a magnetically malevolent performance during the first half of the show, it's almost a letdown when the play gets around to its big reveal. Actually, that's my only real problem with the show: the first half sets such an unsettling atmosphere that when the big secret is unveiled, it cannot possibly live up to the dreadful feeling that was being cultivated early on. The script breaks the horror convention set by Jaws and Alien and lets the audience get a full view of the monster far too soon, which undercuts its ability to scare. That's not to say that the show ends on a bad note. At a trim 38 minutes, it thankfully doesn't overplay its hand. It's well acted and directed and worth seeing for that first half alone

Spooky. Or as my kid says, Smooky

by Mame Pelletier on August 2, 2014
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Very tense opening. The first half was perfectly slow paced terrifying. The second half seemed to jump a little too quickly. Or I missed something. Overall, it was a very enjoyable show. Nice to see a horror amongst all the comedies I usually see.

Close your eyes

by Gladys Miners on August 2, 2014
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Close your eyes, or don't. Charles Hubbell scares me. I'm glad they don't strap the audience to their chairs. Then I would be horrified! Check to see if your seat has been messed before you leave!

I am Groot!

by Josh Carson on August 1, 2014
This user has reviewed 5 shows

I am not generally a fan of horror onstage as it quite frequently runs the risk of coming off cheesy and taking me out of the production, but sweet baby Jesus this thing had me squirming and gasping in a Game of Thrones way. The first half is so wonderfully tense, wondering at what point the bottom is going to drop-out. Then it doesn't. Then it doesn't. Then...will it? Then it doesn't. Then....holy crap.

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I got the shivers

by Windy Bowlsby on August 1, 2014
This user has reviewed 5 shows

There's a moment in the play where Tim Uren's character observes that there is only one way out of the room. At that moment, my stomach clenched in the same way it does when I'm watching a scary movie and the dumb teenager walks into the dark room. I mean, I knew this was a horror story - I wanted to be scared! But I was still shivering in dread of anticipation of exactly what was going to happen in that room.

Lovely twists and turns, and some nicely played gore, along with Ariel Leaf having a juicy good time.

It's a cast full of hard-hitters - besides Ariel, Charles Hubbel is clearly having a fantastic time creeping around and staring intently at you.

If you're a fan of horror, this is a bloody little gem.

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Creepy Crawly!

by Nanette Stearns on August 1, 2014
This user has reviewed 30 shows

Seriously disturbing story. Well acted by a group of professionals. Some laughs but mostly just scary! When you arrive, sit so you can see a front view of the person sitting in the chair (I didn't and I bet I missed some). Recommended.

2 people found this review helpful

Worth Seeing

by Edwin Strout on August 1, 2014
This user has reviewed 23 shows

You will be laughing for the first half of the show, and then silent for the second half. The writing and actors really delve into the horror tropes and clichés of the genre for the first half of the show, then it takes a nice twist.

Audience seating suggestion, don't sit in section B, C or far left of A to see what happens to the actors who sit in the chair. If you don't know the sections of Theatre in the Round, then just look at where the chair is facing on the set, and sit so you will have a good view of the face of someone sitting in the chair.

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The ugly underbelly of South Dakota

by Florence Brammer on August 1, 2014
This user has reviewed 42 shows

This unique show is an intriguing combination of horror, mystery, comedy, memoir and xenophobic travelogue. The cast is great and the violence choreography is very ambitious for a Fringe show. It's a shorter show (35 minutes on opening night), in case that helps you plan your schedule and routing.

1 person found this review helpful


by Lily Shave on August 1, 2014
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Wpw! This show is so creepy. I had goose bumps and am now afraid of the dark, The actors are so lovable, I can't believe that they give me such a sense of...unease, unclean, I'm scared and horrified. You have to see this sow to believe it! You have to see it!

Creepy fun!

by Caroline Toll on July 31, 2014
This user has reviewed 15 shows

No spoilers, but something seriously messed up happens.

Cast and crew

Clarence Wethern


Charles Hubbell


Ariel Leaf


Amy Schweickhardt


Tim Uren


More information

from Lisa Brock at Star Tribune

"Tim Uren’s 'The Tourist Trap' puts a cold and creepy polish on Ghoulish Delights’ reputation for producing theater in the specialized genre of horror. When four seemingly unwitting tourists visit a South Dakota site dedicated to the bloody history of a serial killer, they get more than they bargain for from their host, played with chilling black humor by Charles Hubbell. Expect the unexpected as the pace of this bloody gem starts small, then accelerates like a runaway train. Uren’s premise and fine direction will keep audiences scarily off-balance."

People are talking about The Tourist Trap ! After seeing a sample at a Fringe preview, Graydon Royce wrote in the Star Tribune the show "hit the top of my list." Ed Huyck included the show on his list of "best bets" as listed in the City Pages. And Matthew A. Everett wrote on www.tcdailyplanet.net "Tim Uren and his company Ghoulish Delights know horror, and serve it up right."

Welcome to the Bingham House, a creepy road-side attraction in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Inside, guests are invited to peruse the relics of a notorious killer. Today's visitors are about to discover that this house also hides a deadly deception.

It's a dangerous time to be so far from home.

Ghoulish Delights brings an original tale lost souls and a bloodthirsty abomination. The Tourist Trap was written and directed by Tim Uren, the devious mind behind H.P. Lovecraft's "The Rats in the Walls," The Curse of Yig, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Dr. Jekyll.

Charles Hubbell*
Ariel Leaf
Amy Schweickhardt
Tim Uren
Clarence Wethern*

*member of Actor's Equity Association

Equity Actors are appearing with the permission of Actor's Equity Association.
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