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Butler Did It, The  - Full Length Play, Comedy

Butler Did It, The

Tim Kelly

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Full Length Play, Comedy

5m, 5f

ISBN: 9780874409796

"Successfully interweaves all the classic elements with an imaginative approach... a stylish cross between Ten Little Indians and The Cat and The Canary... Great fun and strictly for laughs..." - Green Sheet, Sun Valley (CA)


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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Farce, Mystery/Thriller, Parody / Spoof

75 Minutes

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play - Ravenswood Manor, an isolated estate on Turkey Island, off the coast of San Francisco. The present.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

This comedy parodies every English mystery play ever written: but it has a decidedly American flair. Miss Maple, a dowager with a reputation for "clever" weekend parties, invites a group of detective writers to eerie Ravenswood Manor on Turkey Island where they are to impersonate their fictional characters. The hostess has arranged all sorts of amusing incidents: a mysterious voice on the radio, a menacing face at the window, a mad killer on the loose. Who is that body in the wine cellar anyway? Why do little figurines keep toppling from the mantle? Then a real murder takes place, and Miss Maple is outraged. She offers an immense reward to the "detective" who can bring the killer to justice. And what an assortment of zany would-be sleuths! When they're not busy tripping over clues, they trip over each other! Laughs collide with thrills, and the climax is a real seat-grabber as the true killer is unmasked, and almost everyone turns out to be someone else! Can be played as a pure farce, or as humorous satire.
"Successfully interweaves all the classic elements with an imaginative approach...a stylish cross between Ten Little Indians and The Cat and The Canary...Great fun and strictly for laughs..." - Green Sheet, Sun Valley, CA

"Kelly knows how to write a spiney mystery with a generous injection of wild humor...as good as any dramatic representation of an Agatha Christie or an Earl Stanley Gardner title would be on stage." - Arizona Journal

Characters

CASTING

5m, 5f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

HAVERSHAM - a young housemaid, an ex-convict.
RITA - a social secretary.
MISS MAPLE - a well-known society hostess.
FATHER WHITE - a mystery writer.
CHANDLER MARLOWE - another.
LOUIE FAN - another.
RICK - another.
LAURA - another.
PETER FLIMSEY - another.
CHARITY - another.
MABEL DUPRE - an adventuress.
PHARAOH LINK - a San Francisco police detective.
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Tim Kelly

Tim Kelly

Kelly was born in Saugus, Massachusetts on October 2, 1932. He graduated from Emerson College with a bachelor's degree and received a masters degree in play-writing from Yale University. His first stage play was Widow's Walk, published in the 1960s. At the same time, three of his plays opened: A Darker Flower at New York's Pocket Theatre, The Trunk and All That Jazz at Boston's Image Theatre, and ... view full profile

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