Murder at the Howard Johnson's

by  Sam Bobrick, Ron Clark

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  2m, 1f

"Enough laugh lines, mirth provoking situations and extravagant sight gags to outfit two rapid fire farces of the absurd." - Variety


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Murder at the Howard Johnson's

by  Sam Bobrick Ron Clark

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Is all fair in love? Even murder? That's the question posed by this light and funny suspense comedy about a love triangle in a Howard Johnson Motor Inn. The play presents a love triangle involving a woman, her lover, and her husband in three scenes. In the first scene, the wife and her lover plot to murder the husband. In the second scene, the wife and her husband are plotting to murder the lover. The third scene has the husband and the lover plotting to murder the wife, but this attempt, like the others, fails.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Enough laugh lines, mirth provoking situations and extravagant sight gags to outfit two rapid fire farces of the absurd." -Variety

"A holiday of laughter... Beautifully polished, very funny very American comedy." - WNBC TV

"Funny and intelligent and certainly pertinent to the people who flock to Broadway... Magnificently zany." - Saturday Review

"Funny is funny." - TIME Magazine

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The present. A Howard Johnson's Hotel room.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

2m, 1f
ARLENE MILLER - An attractive woman in her mid-thirties

MITCHELL LOVELL - A dentist and Arlene's lover, in his mid-thirties
PAUL MILLER - Arlene's husband, in his late thirties

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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Sam Bobrick

Sam Bobrick has written and co-written over forty plays, most of them performed throughout the world, which include: Norman, Is That You?, Murder at the Howard Johnson's, Weekend Comedy, Remember Me?, Death in England, Passengers, Are You Sure?, Baggage, Getting Sara Married, The Spider or the Fly, and - without Willia ...

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Ron Clark

Ron Clark has been writing comedy for over 60 years. Born in Montreal, Canada, he started writing songs and sketches while at McGill University. He then headed for New York City where he spent several years writing monologues for the likes of Jack Carter, Alan King, Henny Youngman as well as dozens of other stand-ups o ...

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Murder at the Howard Johnson's premiered at the Golden Theater in New York City, May 17, 1979, directed by Marshall W. Mason.

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