Winner! Community Theatre Association of Michigan New Plays Competition
This six-character comedy is a spoof of and love letter to the
screwball comedies of the 1930s and to stage mysteries in general. It is
a one-set, two-act piece featuring witty dialogue and slapstick comedy.
The play opens with the rich, bored Matthew promising to kill
his rich, bored wife Julia so he can become a jet setter like his friend
who recently lost his wife. Julia, who's always about three steps ahead
of him, plays along. And so the game begins - a hilarious year-long
match of wits and the witless.
During the year the play takes
place, there are several mysterious deaths that occur on the grounds of
the family estate, a butler who is not what he seems, a detective who
can't buy a clue, and two innocents (sort of) caught in the hilarity as
they plan their wedding. While Julia cleverly dodges Matthew's devious
murder attempts, the Perry friends and staff are dying off mysteriously.
It seems Matthew is successful in murdering everyone but Julia.
the bodies fall, dim-witted daughter Bunny contemplates calling off her
wedding to unwitting Donald since all the intended gift-bearing guests
are dying. Enter Detective Plotnik - a Sam Spade reincarnation who
suspects everyone, but hasn't a clue. That is, not until Donald stumbles
upon Julia and gentlemanly butler Buttram in what Donald mistakenly
perceives as a compromising situation. Donald jumps to the conclusion
that Julia is the murderer - trying to murder Matthew! It ends in a
nice bang and with a bit of a message about the importance of love.
"A delightful surprise...an evening of fun just on the proper side of slapstick." - Lansing State Journal
"Comedy packs laughs...a delightful play...a medley of laughs...the play has charm, and is really funny." - News-Herald, Southgate, MI
This play won the Michigan Playwriting Competition and was first performed in 1991 by Grosse Pointe Theatre, Michigan's premiere community theater.