The Psychic

by  Sam Bobrick

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 2f

Winner! 2011 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Awards – Best Play!

"The play's clever, Pirandello-esque twists make for a pleasant divertissement... satisfyingly unpredictable." – LA Times

"Surprise plot twists, and all-around…

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The Psychic

by  Sam Bobrick

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

The Psychic follows the chaotic life of Adam Webster, a down-on-his-luck writer, who has put a sign in his apartment window, in despertation to make the rent: "Psychic Readings $25."

The sign soon draws the interest of the lovely and conflicted Laura, her shady husband, Roy, Roy's mistress, Rita, a gangster named Johnny Bubbles, and ace Detective Norris Coslow.

In the surprising twists that follow The Pyschic entangles Adam in a hilarious murder mystery that you won't want to miss!

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Accolades

  • Winner! 2011 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Awards – Best Play!

Reviews

REVIEWS

"The play's clever, Pirandello-esque twists make for a pleasant divertissement... satisfyingly unpredictable." – LA Times

"Surprise plot twists, and all-around hilarity. It's one of the best original comedies I've seen!"–StageSceneLA

"A delightful murder mystery adventure...many humorous, suspenseful, unexpected twists and turns, ...Bobrick shows his innate ability with this play's sharp wit and impeccable comedic timing... audiences...will savor the suspense and surprise that The Psychic delivers." – Tolucan Times

"The Psychic is a laugh-filled unexpectedly entertaining ride that gratifies copiously from moment to moment. A definite must see." – Broadway World

"Engaging, surprising, clever and funny!" – Examiner

"There were few times when the audience wasn't in hysterics, and Bobrick's hilarious one-liners and snappy dialogue deserve all the credit." Burbank Leader

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Outdoor
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: TIME: The present

    PLACE: Adam Webster's run down New York basement apartment

  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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

Casting

4m, 2f
ADAM WEBSTER – A mystery writer in his early thirties
LAURA BENSON – An attractive woman in her early thirties
ROY BENSON – Laura's shaddy husband in his mid-thirties
RITA MALONE – Roy's sexy girlfriend in her twenties
JOHNNY BUBBLES – A gangster in his late thirties
NORRIS COSLOW - AN NYPD Detective in his forties
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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( www.sambobrick.com ) 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, Get ...

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The Pyschic premiered at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, California on March 26, 2010. The play was directed by Susan Morgenstern.

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