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Murder at the Howard Johnson's - Full Length Play, Comedy

Murder at the Howard Johnson's

Sam Bobrick, Ron Clark

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Full Length Play, Comedy

2m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573612022

by Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick
"Enough laugh lines, mirth provoking situations and extravagant sight gags to outfit two rapid fire farces of the absurd." - Variety

: Acting Edition
: Large Print
: Stage Manager

Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play



90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - The present. A Howard Johnson's Hotel room.


Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Mild Adult Themes


Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


From Broadway

Is all fair in love? Even murder? That's the question posed by this light and funny suspense comedy about a love triangle in a Howard Johnson Motor Inn. The play presents a love triangle involving a woman, her lover, and her husband in three scenes. In the first scene, the wife and her lover plot to murder the husband. In the second scene, the wife and her husband are plotting to murder the lover. The third scene has the husband and the lover plotting to murder the wife, but this attempt, like the others, fails.


"Enough laugh lines, mirth provoking situations and extravagant sight gags to outfit two rapid fire farces of the absurd." -Variety

"A holiday of laughter... Beautifully polished, very funny very American comedy." - WNBC TV

"Funny and intelligent and certainly pertinent to the people who flock to Broadway... Magnificently zany." - Saturday Review

"Funny is funny." - TIME Magazine

Murder at the Howard Johnson's premiered at the Golden Theater in New York City, May 17, 1979, directed by Marshall W. Mason.



2m, 1f


Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

ARLENE MILLER - An attractive woman in her mid-thirties

MITCHELL LOVELL - A dentist and Arlene's lover, in his mid-thirties
PAUL MILLER - Arlene's husband, in his late thirties

Rental Materials


N/A (Not a musical)

Sam Bobrick

Sam Bobrick

Sam Bobrick has written and co-written over forty plays, most of them performed throughout the world, which include: Norman, Is That You?, Murder at the Howard Johnson's, Weekend Comedy, Remember Me?, Death in England, Passengers, Are You Sure?, Baggage, Getting Sara Married, The Spider or the Fly, and - without William Shakespeare’s blessing - Hamlet II (Better Than The Original). Twenty-one of ... view full profile

Ron Clark

Ron Clark has been writing comedy for over 60 years. Born in Montreal, Canada, he started writing songs and sketches while at McGill University. He then headed for New York City where he spent several years writing monologues for the likes of Jack Carter, Alan King, Henny Youngman as well as dozens of other stand-ups of the period. Ron's Television credits include; The Jackie Gleason Show. The ... view full profile

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Jason Parrish 8/15/2014 10:02 AM
As always, working with Samuel French is a pleasure. The order shipped on time, the price was right, and I always look forward to producing plays handled by the Sam French team. Keep up the good work and cheerio!

Jason Parrish
Associate Director
Florida Repertory Theatre
Jon Putzke 4/24/2014 9:41 AM
Didn't care for this one at all.  Not their best work by any means.

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