Full Length Play
Time Period - 1930s
Settings Of Play - New York City. 1938. In the house of the famous American writer, Charles Sartone.
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Mild Adult Themes
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Placed in 1938, the story is a classic detective tale of the period, cram-packed with twists. See's plot plays on three levels: First, there is radio scripter, Sartone, who has developed a popular detective series; second, there are the actors playing the characters in his scripts; and, finally, there are characters who think they are real.
"It is 1938. A successful radio producer has purchased a detective story from a writer named Raymond Chandler. Chandler is incensed that the producer is rewriting and distorting the story but seems powerless to do anything. With that as a background, the playwright segues into one of the slickest, smartest, funniest spoofs of the hard boiled detective genre ever to hit the boards." - Los Angeles Weekly
"The best written of its genre and certainly the wittiest." - Los Angeles Times
"One of the more successful spoofs of the hard boiled private eye yarns of the 30s." - Los Angeles Magazine
THE LADY CRIES MURDER was first presented at the San Diego Repertory Theatre in 1980. Directed by Christopher R.