While the Lights Were Out

by  Jack Sharkey

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  5m, 9f

A thunderstorm! The lights go out! An agonized voice! A pistol shot! The lights come up! A blonde in black lace stands over the dead man holding a bloody dagger! The detective examines the body and announces, "He's been strangled!" This delightful evening of mayhem gallops madly about the stage and will leave your audience breathless with surprise and laughter.

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While the Lights Were Out

by  Jack Sharkey

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 9f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

A thunderstorm! The lights go out! An agonized voice! A pistol shot! The lights come up! A blonde in black lace stands over the dead man holding a bloody dagger! The detective examines the body and announces, "He's been strangled!" This is but the opening of one of the most astounding and hilarious murder mysteries ever staged. Every clue is a lulu and the plot twists furiously. The final solution involves the most bizarre motive ever conceived. The delightful evening of mayhem gallops madly about the stage and will leave your audience breathless with surprise and laughter. The mystery is top-notch, the characters marvelous, and the comedy explosive!

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Keywords

Love

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: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The Wickenhams' elegant home in Popliteal Beach, Bermuda.
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy, 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

5m, 9f

LADY MONICA WICKENHAM - a glamorous peeress
LORD CLIVE WICKENHAM - her spouse, an eminent neurosurgeon
BIBI CAVENDISH - a celebrated fashion designer
PIERRE POURRI - an international playboy
JASMINE PERDOO - a houseguest from Alabama
MIMOSA - the Wickenhams' Jamaican maid
NANCY STAFFORD - the Wickenhams' housekeeper
TOM GROGGINS - an unexpected visitor
RODERICK REMLEY - the Wickenhams' butler
FREDONIA CUSTARDINE - Monica's sister
CHLOE CUSTARDINE - Fredonia's nubile daughter
ALGERNON WICKENHAM - the Wickenhams' dilettante son
BENJAMIN BRADDOCK - an Inspector of Police
ALMA THREEDLE - Ben's assistant, a police sergeant
UNIDENTIFIED BLONDE - an amnesiac and prime suspect 

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting

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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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