Flemming (An American Thriller)
by Sam Bobrick
Full Length Play, Dark Comedy / 5m, 3f
Bored by his privileged but mundane life, Henry Flemming sells his lucrative brokerage firm to become a detective. The play is a spoof of the film noir thrillers from the 1940's and 50's.
Bored by his privileged, but mundane life, Henry Flemming sells his lucrative brokerage firm to become a detective.
On his very first case, and to the horror of his wife, Karen, and his two crazy neighbors, Suzy and Stan, the Flemming living room begins to fill up with dead bodies. Karen is further annoyed when one of them turns out to be her father. Even though Henry keeps showing up at home every day more disheveled and beaten up, he couldn't be happier. Henry is convinced he's found his life's work and Westport, Connecticut is safer for it.
The play is a spoof of the film noir thrillers from the 1940's and 50's.
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- Minimum Fee: $90 per performance
- Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
- Duration: 90 minutes
- Setting: TIME: The present.
PLACE: The entire play takes place in the living room of the Flemming's well-to-do large suburban home in Westport, Connecticut.
- Additional Features: Not Applicable
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Elaborate / High Volume Costumes
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
HENRY FLEMMING - Our hero. An unassumming man in his mid-forties.
KAREN FLEMMING - Henry's wife. In her late thirties.
STAN SPENCER - The Flemming's pain-in-the-neck neighbor. Mid-forties.
SUZY SPENCER - Stan's long suffering wife. Mid-thirties.
WALTER LARSEN - Karen's father. In his mid-sixties.
LIEUTENANT DAVIS - A plainclothes cop. In his late thirties.
MISS HAVENHURST - A sweet young thing who's had a tough life. Late-twenties.
VITO MARDIGIAN - A tough, threatening hoodlum. In his late thirties.
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- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)