Noir Suspicions

by  David Landau, Nikki Stern

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 3f

"Embroiling.'' - The New York Times

"Blockbuster evening [of] great theater.'' - Parsippany News

"Good fun, good taste." - Forbes

"Exceptional.'' - WOR-Radio

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 3f
  • Duration


    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre


    Adaptations (Stage & Screen), Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

In this hard boiled comic mystery sequel to the ever-popular Murder at Cafe Noir, ex-private eye Rick Archer is now the confused manager of Cafe Noir on the island of Mustique. He is confronted with a corpse on the dock, a mysterious femme fatale, a French blackmailer and a businessman who wants both the cafe and the woman. Rick is arrested after the blackmailer is murdered in his club. It is up to the audience to convince the magistrate that he is innocence. A tribute to Casablanca with many references to the classic movie, Noir Suspicions is guaranteed to delight audiences whether or not they are familiar with Murder at Cafe Noir.
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"Embroiling.''" - The New York Times

"Blockbuster evening [of] great theater.'' - Parsippany News

"Good fun, good taste." - Forbes

"Exceptional.'' - WOR-Radio


Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget


  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Setting: The dining room of the Cafe Noir, a seedy supper club that seems to have fallen out of a 1940's detective film located on the docks of the island Mustique.
  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Easy
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus


4m, 3f
RICHARD ARCHER - ex-private detective, now half owner of the Cafe Noir. He partner and girlfriend is -
SHEILA WONDERLY - ex-call girl, now the other half owner of the Cafe Noir.
ANTHONY CAIRO - a dealer in the black market, and hiding out from some smugglers he double-crossed.
DEPUTY INSPECTOR RIGFIELD - of the St. Vincent Police. He hates the Cafe Noir and has longed to close it down and get himself a promotion to full inspector.
INGRID LASZLO - a desperate woman being blackmailed.
SIDNEY FERRARI - the British owner of the Blue Parrot Resort and Condos on Tobago Cay and one of the Carribean's wealthiest developers.
CLAUDETTE PONTE - a French blackmailer, known as Nurse Nightshade because of her expertise with poisons.
JUDGE KOCK - a magistrate from St. Vincent and regular at the Cafe Noir.
RENAULT - a taxi driver and member of the radical French Liberte party.
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

CLAUDETTE and JUDGE KOCH are played by the same actress. RENAULT and RIGFIELD are played by the same actor.


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David Landau

David Landau is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Mystery Writers of America. An award winning and published playwright, he has also won a few screenwriting awards and written a number of scripts for video and film. He received the Blackburn Award for Excellence in Playwriting for his hard-boile ...

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Nikki Stern

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