Murder on West Moon Street

by  Rob Urbinati

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 4f

Young Lord Arthur is deliriously happy – just down from Oxford and engaged to be married – when a mysterious palm reader predicts that he will commit a murder.

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Murder on West Moon Street

by  Rob Urbinati

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Young Lord Arthur is deliriously happy – just down from Oxford and engaged to be married – when a mysterious palm reader predicts that he will commit a murder. A proper English gentleman, Arthur believes it is his duty to get this killing business over with before he marries. But his education has not provided him with the required skills, and a hilarious series of mishaps ensues as he sets about finding a victim.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Oscar Wilde's short story Lord Arthur Savile's Crime is a clever mystery, written to indict the fate industry with whom late-19th-century aristocrats seemed so enthralled. The writer Rob Urbinati has molded the story into a briskly paced comedy of manners true to its author's greater spirit. A complete delight!" - The New York Times

"Urbinati's adaptation is deft, using the source material to its fullest and beautifully fleshing out several minor characters only alluded to in the original story." - Backstage

"Rob Urbinati has done a truly marvelous thing: He's turned an infrequently read Oscar Wilde short story into a play that improves on the original. A Wilde ride indeed!" - The New York Blade

Keywords

Death, Love, Marriage

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Church / Religious Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1900-1910
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: Murder on West Moon Street takes place in various locations in London, England in 1900.
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

4m, 4f

LORD ARTHUR SAVILE - a gentleman. Naive
LADY WINDERMERE - his confidante. Grand
SYBIL MERTON - his betrothed. Clever
CHARLES - his valet. Devoted
LADY CLEM - his elderly aunt. Irritable
JANE PERCY - his cousin. Enthusiastic
MR. PODGERS - the cheiromantist. Mysterious
HERR WINCKELKOPF - an anarchist. Artistic

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Drag performance
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

The role of Lady Clem can be played by a man.

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Authors

Rob Urbinati

Rob Urbinati was a Theatre Consultant for Home Box Office in New York City, and has directed over fifty plays at theatres, colleges and universities across the country. Mr. Urbinati’s first play as a writer, Hazelwood Jr. High, was directed by Scott Elliott for the New Group. A scene from the play is published in Smith ...

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Murder on West Moon Street was originally produced by Prospect Theater Company  (Cara Reichel, Producing Artistic Director; Melissa Huber, Managing Director) at the Hudson Guild Theatre, New York City, April 21- May 20, 2007, under the director of Davis McCallum.

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