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Murder Room - Full Length Play, Comedy

Murder Room

Jack Sharkey

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Full Length Play, Comedy

3m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573612831

"Really a minor gem... witty and sophisticated." - Newcastle Morning Herald
"Murder has never been this funny. A spoof of all crime thrillers... it is good clean mirth all the way. The quick, smart, extremely well timed dialogue of Jack Sharkey comes through loud and clear [with] never a dull moment." - Times

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Farce, Mystery/Thriller

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - Bynewood Cottage, on a small estate just a few kilometers from Harrogate, a medium-sized town in West Riding, Yorkshire, in the north part of England.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Special Effects

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Gun Shots

TAGS

Betrayal, Death

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre

When this zany spoof of British mysteries opened in Sydney, Australia, reviewers spouted phrases like "a great vehicle for three ladies," "a plethora of hilarious situations," and "this is a romp!"

"Really a minor gem... witty and sophisticated." - Newcastle Morning Herald

"Murder has never been this funny. A spoof of all crime thrillers... it is good clean mirth all the way. The quick, smart, extremely well timed dialogue of Jack Sharkey comes through loud and clear [with] never a dull moment." - Times

"There are secret chambers, secret panels and trap lids galore. They're all operated by the most ridiculous contrivances and gloriously mucked up...A high, mad melodrama." - Frank Harris

"Delightful...constant humor...A good mixture of Agatha Christie, Monty Python, and Abbot and Costello!" - Canon, Memphis

Characters

CASTING

3m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Minority casting

CASTING NOTES

*EDGAR and ABEL are played by the same performer.

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

EDGAR HOLLISTER* - member of the landed gentry
MAVIS TEMPLETON - his very recent bride
MRS. LOTTIE MOLLOY - their housekeeper
JAMES CRANDALL - an inspector of police
ABEL HOWARD* - a police constable
SUSAN HOLLISTER - Edgar's daughter
BARRY DRAPER - Susan's American fiance
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Jack Sharkey

Jack Sharkey

Jack Sharkey (1931-1992) was born on May 6, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois. He began writing when he was 10 years old. He graduated from college with a BA in the Creative Writing Field of the English major. After that, he taught school for two years from 1953 to 1955. In mid-1955, Mr. Sharkey enlisted in the Army. He served at Sandia Base, New Mexico as a Special Services worker. He wrote, produced, ... view full profile

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Corinne-anne Richards 11/27/2013 2:12 PM
This script is amazing. Very clever and very funny. Jack Sharkey certainly knows how to write quick witted conversations. I loved directing it! And the audience loved it too!

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