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The Psychic - Full Length Play, Comedy

The Psychic

Sam Bobrick

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Full Length Play, Comedy

4m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573698842

Winner! 2011 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Awards – Best Play!

"The play's clever, Pirandello-esque twists make for a pleasant divertissement... satisfyingly unpredictable." – LA Times

"Surprise plot twists, and all-around…

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play



90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - TIME: The present

PLACE: Adam Webster's run down New York basement apartment


Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Mild Adult Themes


Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Outdoor, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Winner! 2011 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Awards – Best Play!
The Psychic follows the chaotic life of Adam Webster, a down-on-his-luck writer, who has put a sign in his apartment window, in despertation to make the rent: "Psychic Readings $25."

The sign soon draws the interest of the lovely and conflicted Laura, her shady husband, Roy, Roy's mistress, Rita, a gangster named Johnny Bubbles, and ace Detective Norris Coslow.

In the surprising twists that follow The Pyschic entangles Adam in a hilarious murder mystery that you won't want to miss!


"The play's clever, Pirandello-esque twists make for a pleasant divertissement... satisfyingly unpredictable." – LA Times

"Surprise plot twists, and all-around hilarity. It's one of the best original comedies I've seen!"–StageSceneLA

"A delightful murder mystery adventure...many humorous, suspenseful, unexpected twists and turns, ...Bobrick shows his innate ability with this play's sharp wit and impeccable comedic timing... audiences...will savor the suspense and surprise that The Psychic delivers." – Tolucan Times

"The Psychic is a laugh-filled unexpectedly entertaining ride that gratifies copiously from moment to moment. A definite must see." – Broadway World

"Engaging, surprising, clever and funny!" – Examiner

"There were few times when the audience wasn't in hysterics, and Bobrick's hilarious one-liners and snappy dialogue deserve all the credit." Burbank Leader

The Pyschic premiered at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, California on March 26, 2010. The play was directed by Susan Morgenstern.



4m, 2f


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

ADAM WEBSTER – A mystery writer in his early thirties
LAURA BENSON – An attractive woman in her early thirties
ROY BENSON – Laura's shaddy husband in his mid-thirties
RITA MALONE – Roy's sexy girlfriend in her twenties
JOHNNY BUBBLES – A gangster in his late thirties
NORRIS COSLOW - AN NYPD Detective in his forties
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

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Karen McClure 4/10/2016 2:06 PM
We are a small community theater in a fairly conservative area with an older population.  After reading some negative reviews, we were a bit worried about doing this play, but it was absolutely hilarious and our audiences loved it!  We could easily have extended the run based on word of mouth alone.  A snap to stage and the over-the-top characters allowed the actors to have a ball.  Only one person out of our entire run guessed the surprise ending (and she is a playwright).  
Dena Miller 1/13/2014 9:35 AM
Funny script and would be easy to stage. However, I did a search for high school plays and this is NOT a high school play. The foul language is enough to have to "rewrite" nearly every page and the sexual innuendos are enough to make it entirely inappropriate. Not sure it would even work for community theater. I will allow that I am in the Bible belt and that makes a difference.

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