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While the Lights Were Out - Full Length Play, Comedy

While the Lights Were Out

Jack Sharkey

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Full Length Play, Comedy

5m, 9f

ISBN: 9780573670497

A Thunderstorm! The lights go out! An agonized voice! A pistol shot! The lights come up! A blonde in black lace stands over the dead man holding a bloody dagger! The detective examines the body and announces, "He's been strangled!" This delightful evening of mayhem gallops madly about the stage and will leave your audience breathless with surprise and laughter.

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Farce, Mystery/Thriller

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - The Wickenhams' elegant home in Popliteal Beach, Bermuda.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Physical Comedy, Special Effects

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol

TAGS

Love

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

A Thunderstorm! The lights go out! An agonized voice! A pistol shot! The lights come up! A blonde in black lace stands over the dead man holding a bloody dagger! The detective examines the body and announces "He's been strangled! This is but the opening of one of the most astounding and hilarious murder mysteries ever staged. Every clue is a lulu and the plot twists furiously. The final solution involves the most bizarre motive ever conceived! The delightful evening of mayhem gallops madly about the stage and will leave your audience breathless with surprise and laughter. The mystery is topnotch, the character marvelous and the comedy explosive!

Characters

CASTING

5m, 9f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Non-Traditional casting

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

LADY MONICA WICKENHAM - a glamorous peeress
LORD CLIVE WICKENHAM - her spouse, an eminent neurosurgeon
BIBI CAVENDISH - a celebrated fashion designer
PIERRE POURRI - an international playboy
JASMINE PERDOO - a houseguest from Alabama
MIMOSA - the Wickenhams' Jamaican maid
NANCY STAFFORD - the Wickenhams' housekeeper
TOM GROGGINS - an unexpected visitor
RODERICK REMLEY - the Wickenhams' butler
FREDONIA CUSTARDINE - Monica's sister
CHLOE CUSTARDINE - Fredonia's nubile daughter
ALGERNON WICKENHAM - the Wickenhams' dilettante son
BENJAMIN BRADDOCK - an Inspector of Police
ALMA THREEDLE - Ben's assistant, a police sergeant
UNIDENTIFIED BLONDE - an amnesiac and prime suspect 

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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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Audrey Northway 12/30/2014 5:52 AM
Wonderful farce with enough surprises to keep the audience engaged.

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