Murder Room

by  Jack Sharkey

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 3f

"Really a minor gem... witty and sophisticated." - Newcastle Morning Herald
"Murder has never been this funny. A spoof of all crime thrillers... it is good clean mirth all the way. The quick, smart, extremely well timed dialogue of Jack Sharkey comes through loud and clear [with] never a dull moment." - Times

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

When this zany spoof of British mysteries opened in Sydney, Australia, reviewers spouted phrases like "a great vehicle for three ladies," "a plethora of hilarious situations," and "this is a romp!"

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Reviews

"Really a minor gem... witty and sophisticated." - Newcastle Morning Herald

"Murder has never been this funny. A spoof of all crime thrillers... it is good clean mirth all the way. The quick, smart, extremely well timed dialogue of Jack Sharkey comes through loud and clear [with] never a dull moment." - Times

"There are secret chambers, secret panels and trap lids galore. They're all operated by the most ridiculous contrivances and gloriously mucked up...A high, mad melodrama." - Frank Harris

"Delightful...constant humor...A good mixture of Agatha Christie, Monty Python, and Abbot and Costello!" - Canon, Memphis

Keywords

Betrayal, Death

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Bynewood Cottage, on a small estate just a few kilometers from Harrogate, a medium-sized town in West Riding, Yorkshire, in the north part of England.
  • 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)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

3m, 3f
EDGAR HOLLISTER* - member of the landed gentry
MAVIS TEMPLETON - his very recent bride
MRS. LOTTIE MOLLOY - their housekeeper
JAMES CRANDALL - an inspector of police
ABEL HOWARD* - a police constable
SUSAN HOLLISTER - Edgar's daughter
BARRY DRAPER - Susan's American fiance
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Cast Attributes

  • Multicultural casting

Casting Notes

*EDGAR and ABEL are played by the same performer.

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Authors

Jack Sharkey

Jack Sharkey (1931-1992) was born on May 6, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois. He began writing when he was 10 years old. He graduated from college with a BA in the Creative Writing Field of the English major. After that, he taught school for two years from 1953 to 1955. In mid-1955, Mr. Sharkey enlisted in th ...

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