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Death By Chocolate - Full Length Play, Comedy

Death By Chocolate

Paul Freed

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Full Length Play, Comedy

6m, 6f

ISBN: 9780874402780

Members of the newly renovated Meadowbrook Health Resort are dropping like flies, including famed chef Edith Chiles! On the eve of the grand re-opening, this is not the best advertisement! It's up to John Stone, the manager, to find the cause and the murderer. Delightfully sarcastic and cynical...

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Farce, Mystery/Thriller

90 minutes

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play - The Meadowbrook Health Resort, a converted mansion in Upstate new York. The Eve of the resort's Grand Re-Opening after several weeks of dormancy following the death of Henry Meadowbrook. All scenes take place in the Main Office which is a converted drawing room inside the converted mansion. 

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

TAGS

Death

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

Members of the newly renovated Meadowbrook Health Resort are dropping like flies, including famed chef Edith Chiles! On the eve of the grand re-opening, this is not the best advertisement! It's up to John Stone, the manager, to find the cause and the murderer. Delightfully sarcastic and cynical. Stone finds himself teaming up with Ed Parlor, mystery writer and amateur sleuth, in a wacky race against time. The clues point to a sinister box of chocolates, and the suspects include all the outlandish characters working for the resort. Could it be Lady Riverdale, owner of the resort, and a woman with dark secrets? Or Ralph Deadwood, gym instructor and all around cad? Dick Simmering, the aerobics instructor? Anne, the panic stricken nurse? Or could it be "Sweet Pea" Meadowbrook, overweight and grieving daughter of the recently deceased founder of the resort? Combining all the elements of classic murder mysteries with a scathing satire of today's health crazes.

Characters

CASTING

6m, 6f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

LADY RIVERDALE - owner of Lady Riverdale Chocolates, Inc. and the new owner of the Meadowbrook Health Resort. She is the pompous, high society type except when occasionally required to use a "viscious street shrewdness" to survive.
DYSLEXIA - Lady Riverdale's assistant and long-suffering secretary. 
JOHN STONE - the new manager of the Meadowbrook Health Resort (and how he got there, no one knows). He is quick-witted and finds almost everything absurd (a basic cynical sort of person). 
RALPH DEADWOOD - the Gym Manager and all-around cad. Knowing all about Lady Riverdale's past, he has used that knowledge to get whatever he can from her. 
MARGARET DANIELS - a very attractive woman who is trying to write a feature story on the resort for a leading gossip magazine. 
ALFRED MELLOX - he is in charge of the janitorial staff and maintenance for the resort (a position given to him only because he was the trusted companion of the late Henry Meadowbrook). He is very stiff, rigid, and typical "butler-type" with a clipped British accent. 
EDITH CHILES - the Head Chef. She is a rather large, buxom sort of woman with a jovial personality and New England Matronly manners (whatever that means). 
"SWEET PEA" MEADOWBROOK - daughter of the late Henry meadowbrook. Extremely overweight, she seems to be trying to eat herself to death because of the trauma of losing her father. Her mouth is always full of food and no one can understand her without the help of Alfred Mellow. 
DICK SIMMERING - the Aerobics Instructor. Always garbed in a jogging outfit, he is a bright, hyperactive, effeminate person. 
ANNE - the resort nurse who tends to panic at the slightest injury. 
ED PARLOR - guest of Lady Riverdale's, he is a writer with a cheery disposition and enjoys the opportunity to try and solve the mysterious deaths by chocolate. 
HENRY MEADOWBROOK - the founer of the Meadowbrook Health Resort, he is never seen since he dies in the opening moments of the play. 
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

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Reviews
David Standish 2/14/2014 4:42 PM
Just finished directing this production for our local theater. The show was a huge success.  We staged it in January/February and sold mugs with chocolate at our Christmas show to advertise and tied in local restaurants to play up the Valentines Day angle with coupons for desserts.  The play has to be seen for what it is - a thrill ride - there is no redeeming value, just fun.  The characters are stereotypes but that's where the actors can get in there and find what their true purposes are.  Requires a cast with good time lots of trust to really go for it - the more serious they are with their silliness the more the audience will react.  Kids enjoyed it even though there were a few jokes that went over their head - would say PG rating is fine.
Greg LoProto 2/11/2014 9:27 AM
I've read worse plays.  But not many.

Death by Chocolate is the worst type of play - a semi-meta, comedic deconstruction that fails at both it's humor and it's deconstruction.  With shallow, one note characters like the effeminate "Dick Simmering" (do you get it?  He's gay and that's the joke!) and Dyslexia... who has no discernible character traits and seems to exist entirely so people can mispronounce her (completely unexplained) name, the play has little comedic value in reading or playing.  Jokes are telegraphed from miles away, or they fall flat, or they're pathetic attempts to, uh, pay homage (?) to the Marx brothers - those are your options; enjoy (or don't).

Problems compound when the author character arrives and begins to explain to the audience precisely how the remaining action of the story will play out.  This would have been interesting if there had been some sort of comedic subversion or clever deconstructions but, no, events play out exactly as he tells us they will.  This renders a least half of the play completely pointless and boring, with very little for the audience to experience.  Toss in a completely predictable and trite twist ending, and you've got a play that is nothing but pointless: from the first, Groucho aping gags to the last, needlessly dark moment.

I hated it, is what I'm saying.
Karen Cawley 11/21/2013 12:15 PM
The play is actually quite funny, but I was wrong to assume that we could make a few simple modifications to make it appropriate for high school performance. It should not be billed as such.

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