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The Butler Did It, Again - Full Length Play, Comedy

The Butler Did It, Again

Tim Kelly

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Full Length Play, Comedy

6m, 6f

ISBN: 9780874400236

Written by the "master of the outrageous comedy mysteries," this is a much requested follow-up to the ever-popular The Butler Did It. Publisher and socialite, indomitable Miss Maple rents a plantation house...

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Full Length Play



90 minutes

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play - "Spanish Moss," a creepy old mansion in the swamplands of Louisiana; the present. 


Interior Set




Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

Written by the "master of the outrageous comedy mysteries," this is a much requested follow-up to the ever-popular The Butler Did It. Publisher and socialite, indomitable Miss Maple rents a plantation house, complete with menacing alligator, in the frightening swap land of Louisiana. She wants to introduce her latest literary discovery, Ruth Dice, who has written a first novel entitled Conversations with a Ghoul. Ruth has only contempt for the guests. Classic detective prototypes like tough Chandler Marlow, chic Manhattan couple Rick and Laura Carlyle, westerner Tony Tallchief. She dismisses Louie Fan ("Telephone like corpse. Both dead.") and gentle Father White ("Tea and biscuits, anyone?") as has-been hacks. Naturally, she's the perfect candidate for murder. However, it's the bizarre owner of the house of secrets, Jasper Van Dine, who's discovered in the parlor with a scalpel once belonging to Jack the Ripper in his back! WHODUNNIT!? It's up to the flakey detective writers to unravel the puzzle. Chills, thrills, alibis, clues, motives, and dazzling plot twists fly about the stage like pies-in-the-face. Nothing is what it seems to be and you'll need a scorecard to keep track of who's who and what's what. Smoke and mirrors, fun and games - from start to finish. Bring a seat belt!
"A crazy gumbo of off-the-wall dialogue and nutbrain action." - Theatre Laurel Promoter


6m, 6f


N/A (Not a musical)

JANE DOE - Miss Maple's social secretary. 
CHIPS - family retainer. 
MISS MAPLE - book publisher and socialite who enjoys giving amusing parties. 
MRS. DANVERS - housekeeper. 
LINDA HAYES - unexpected guest. 
CHANDLER MARLOWE - mystery writer. 
RICK CARLYLE - another. 
LAURA CARLYLE - another. Rick's wife. 
TONY TALLCHIEF - another mystery writer. 
LOUIE FAN - another.
FATHER WHITE - another. 
RUTH DICE - another. 

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N/A (Not a musical)


N/A (Not a musical)

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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Bridget O'Neill 6/6/2014 1:15 PM
When previewing this script, I read it aloud to my husband. He could not stop laughing at every single Louie Fan line -- even though younger audiences would not know the Charlie Chan references, they would still adore the puns and starkness of the contrast in dialogue!
Joanne Dexter 3/17/2013 9:56 PM
We just finished tonight with a two week run of this play.  It truly was the funniest play we have ever put on.  Audiences were entranced and enjoyed it thoroughly.  Highly recommend this one.  Can be used after the Butler Did It or could easily stand on its own.

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