Psycho Night at the Paradise Lounge

by  Kitty Burns

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  9m, 7f

"Psycho Night is sheer entertainment, a welcome relief from the festering rash of psychological abuse, etc. infecting modern new theatre... Author, Kitty Burns, carefully paced the plot and even the rate at which we learn the character’s names for high impact, and Burns earned high marks." - Joe Papaso

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Psycho Night at the Paradise Lounge

by  Kitty Burns

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    9m, 7f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller, Parody / Spoof
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Four people have come to the Paradise Lounge on the same night for the same reason – to kill the singer. The four do not know each other, and therefore, do not know that the others are there for the same purpose. As the singer, Cindy, is onstage for her first set, the villains discuss with their accomplices the reason and method they’ve devised for Cindy’s death. One by one, they each set a trap in Cindy’s dressing room. Cindy finishes her set and leaves the stage to change clothes for the second set. A crash and scream are heard coming from the direction of Cindy’s dressing room. Each of the potential murderers is convinced that Cindy has been successfully killed during intermission and believes that he or she is personally responsible. The police enter and announce that they have come to investigate a crime. The patrons are told to remain in the lounge area while the police are in the office questioning the staff. With the police temporarily out of sight, each of the murderers returns to Cindy’s dressing room to remove the evidence he or she left behind. After entering the dressing room, each of them is killed by a trap set by one of the other villains. The police return to the lounge to find four dead bodies, a variety of mysterious murder weapons, and a room full of “silent partners” who are no help in unraveling the mystery.
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Reviews

"Psycho Night is sheer entertainment, a welcome relief from the festering rash of psychological abuse, etc. infecting modern new theatre... Author, Kitty Burns, carefully paced the plot and even the rate at which we learn the character’s names for high impact, and Burns earned high marks." - Joe Papaso

Keywords

Betrayal, Death

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: A "dive" called The Paradise Lounge. Present day. The San Francisco Bay area.
  • Additional Features: Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock, N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

9m, 7f
MC - Pretentious; dressed formally.

NICK BEASLEY - Upbeat; slightly nerdy.
JOHN DONOVAN - Stuffy; suit and tie.
SANDY HORTON - Cute; lively.
CINDY JACOBSON - Beautiful; dressed formally.
CHUCK O'DONNLEY - Good looking; upbeat; conceilted.
ALISSA PIINKERTON - Late 20s; neurotic.
DONNA PRIESTLY - 30s; slightly high-strung; attractive.
MIKE THOMPSON - 30s-40s; serious; subdued.
JACKIE SULLIVAN - 30s-40s; prim and proper.
TRACY MARTINELLI - 20s; Brooklyn accent.
DAVE ANDERSON - 30s; very nervous.
OFFICER BRADY - Male; senior officer.
OFFICER BENSON - Female; attractive.
OFFICER STEWART - Male; not too bright.
OFFICER VON MORZE - 50s; male; German accent.

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Kitty Burns

Kitty Burns grew up thinking she was 100% Irish Catholic; then, to her surprise, at 18 years of age, she found out that she was only 50% Irish Catholic. The other 50% was Russian Jew! With an identity crisis like that, she figured that she should get into something sensible and rational that would give ...

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"Psycho Night at the Paradise Lounge" premiered at The Burgess Theatre in Menlo Park, CA. It was produced by The Menlo Players Guild and directed by Rania Ho.

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