'But Why Bump Off Barnaby?'

by  Rick Abbot

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 6f

This lunatic show poses a fascinating mystery. When Barnaby Folcey is murdered at a family gathering at Marlgate Manor, it transpires that he had a motive to murder everybody else, but no one had a reason to want him dead.

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'But Why Bump Off Barnaby?'

by  Rick Abbot

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 6f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

This lunatic show poses a fascinating mystery. When Barnaby Folcey is murdered at a family gathering at Marlgate Manor, it transpires that he had a motive to murder everybody else, but no one had a reason to want him dead. While dying, he scrawled the letters "b-a-r," which can implicate everyone. While the bizarre group frantically tries to unmask the murderer, people vanish, poison is found in the sherry, and the police take forever to arrive. Meanwhile, there's a secret treasure to be found, a mystifying limerick to decode, and all sorts of doom to be avoided before the killer is finally unmasked and destroyed using one of the funniest methods ever seen on a stage.
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Keywords

Death

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The parlor of Marlgate, the ancestral home of the Leducs.
  • Additional Features: Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

4m, 6f

MEDKINS - a serenely capable butler
MAGNOLIA - a very apprehensive maid
ORION LEDUC - an arthritic British baronet
BARNABY FOLCEY - a poor relation of the Leducs
LADY BARBARA FENWICK - a rather deaf peeress
ROSALIND BARSTOW - a flamboyant fortune-hunter
CLEO BARTON - a middle-aged Hollywood actress
JEFF BARNETT- an intrepid police reporter
MISS BARNSDALE - an old nearsighted family governess
DORA DUNSTOCK - an adorable young dimwit

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting

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Authors

Rick Abbot

Rick Abbot is one of several pen names for prolific playwright Jack Sharkey (1931-1992). Mr. Sharkey was born on May 6, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois. He began writing when he was 10 years old. He graduated from college wi ...

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