Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

by  Tim Kelly

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  5m, 7f, 1boy(s) or girl(s)

Winner! 1991 Y.E.S. New Play Festival

Weird playwright Sebastian Sly, author of such all-time bombs as "Dial M for Morose," "The Cat and the Canard," and "Ten Little Ninjas," lives in a creepy old mansion called The Shadows. His arch enemy is the clever, but snide, drama critic Sylvia Fr…

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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

by  Tim Kelly

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    5m, 7f, 1boy(s) or girl(s)
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    Mystery/Thriller, Parody / Spoof

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Weird playwright Sebastian Sly, author of such all-time bombs as "Dial M for Morose," "The Cat and the Canard," and "Ten Little Ninjas," lives in a creepy old mansion called The Shadows. His arch enemy is the clever, but snide, drama critic Sylvia Frye. She hates stage thrillers and with her ruthless reviews, has forced Sebastian into retirement. In revenge, Sebastian invites her to his home where all manner of chills and thrills are trotted out to convince her she's wrong about his work. We meet an hilarious "cast:" the murderous Creeper; an old actress noted for her shattering screams; a butler named Skull and a housekeeper named Bones and that's just the beginning. Two likeable innocents, Zip and Lilac, show up and are terrorized by the insane goings-on. Ultimately, Sylvia exposes the plot. But Sylvia gets hers in the end!
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  • Winner! 1991 Y.E.S. New Play Festival

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Tim Kelly

Kelly was born in Saugus, Massachusetts on October 2, 1932. He graduated from Emerson College with a bachelor's degree and received a masters degree in play-writing from Yale University. His first stage play was Widow's Walk, published in the 1960s. At the same time, three of his plays opened: A Darker Flo ...

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