Full Length Play
Mystery/Thriller, Parody / Spoof
Time Period - Present Day
Settings Of Play - A "dive" called The Paradise Lounge. Present day. The San Francisco Bay area.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Play w/ Music
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes
Adult, Senior, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage
Four people have come to the Paradise Lounge on the same night for the same reason – to kill the singer. The four do not know each other, and therefore, do not know that the others are there for the same purpose. As the singer, Cindy, is on stage for her first set, the villains discuss with their accomplices the reason and method they’ve devised for Cindy’s death. One by one, they each set a trap in Cindy’s dressing room. Cindy finishes her set and leaves the stage to change clothes for the second set. A crash and scream is heard coming from the direction of Cindy’s dressing room.
Each of the potential murderers is convinced that Cindy has been successfully killed during intermission and believes that he/she is personally responsible. The police enter and announce that they have come to investigate a crime. The patrons are told to remain in the lounge area while the police are in the office questioning the staff. With the police temporarily out of sight, each of the murderers returns to Cindy’s dressing room to remove the evidence he/she left behind. After entering the dressing room, each of them is killed by a trap set by one of the other villains.
The police return to the lounge to find four dead bodies, a variety of mysterious murder weapons, and a room full of “silent partners” who are no help in unraveling the mystery.
"Psycho Night is sheer entertainment, a welcome relief from the festering rash of psychological abuse, etc. infecting modern new theatre... Author, Kitty Burns, carefully paced the plot and even the rate at which we learn the character’s names for high impact, and Burns earned high marks." - Joe Papaso
"Psycho Night at the Paradise Lounge" premiered at The Burgess Theatre in Menlo Park, CA. It was produced by The Menlo Players Guild and directed by Rania Ho.