Noir Pointblank

by  Nikki Stern, David Landau

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 3f

The third story in the "Cafe Noir" series, following Murder at Cafe Noir and Noir Suspicions. Just plain Rick has hired a singer and opened a photo display of "300 yrs of shady business" at the cafe. To this comes an American detective looking for a murderess but stumbling across …

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller, Period
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

A comic tribute to the detective films of Humphrey Bogart. The third story in the "Cafe Noir" series, following Murder at Cafe Noir and Noir Suspicions. No knowledge of the previous plays is required, as each play can stand alone. In Noir Point Blank, "Just Plain" Rick has hired a singer and opened a photo display of "300 yrs of shady business" at the cafe to increase business. To this comes an American detective looking for a murderess but stumbling across a gangster on the lam, a beautiful French historian and a British lawyer with a desire to go night diving. When the murderess ends up dead and the cop is implicated in the murder, it's "Just Plain" Rick who must help him out of the jam by helping him find the real killer. Meanwhile, the gangster has assumed the mortgage for the Cafe Noir and plans on setting up his operations there, and everyone seems to be after something that sunk off the coast of Mustique in 1945. It's a true forties style American mystery with the perfect mix of action, intrigue, humor, and romance.
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Keywords

Betrayal, Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • 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
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Vocal Demands: Easy

Casting

4m, 3f
RICK ARCHER - Ex-PI, owner of the Cafe Noir
ANTHONY CAIRO - A dealer in the blackmarket on the run
MAUREEN TEMPLE - A British hit woman
EDWARD G. STERINBERG - A New York gangster on the lam in Mustique.
SYDNEY TREVOR - An American woman, nightclub singer
JEAN DIJON -  A French art historian
BEN TEMPLE - A British mob lawyer and Maureen's brother
DT. SAM LYRIC - An NYPD Detective, looking for Maureen
SGT. JOANNE INSTONE - The Mustique constable assigned to escort Sam
SHEILA WONDERFLY - Ex-call girl and co-owner of the Cafe Noir
INSPECTOR RIGFIELD - St. Vincent police
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting

Casting Notes

SGT. JOANNE INSTONE is the same actress as Jean. SHEILA WONDERLY is the same actress as Maureen. INSPECTOR RIGFIELD is the same actor as Edward.

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Authors

Nikki Stern

Nikki Stern

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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Noir Pointblank frst premiered at the Murder To Go Dinner Theater in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey on January 8, 1994.

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