Loco-Motion, Commotion, Dr. Gorilla and Me

by  Tim Kelly

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  8m, 14f

Young Priscilla Del Mar has journeyed into the country with her cousin Patsy to view her inheritance from a weird uncle who was known to have carried on even weirder experiments! The property has burned down under suspicious circumstances and the girls are forced to take shelter in the home of Dr. Gorilla.

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Loco-Motion, Commotion, Dr. Gorilla and Me

by  Tim Kelly

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Loco-Motion, Commotion, Dr. Gorilla and Me

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    8m, 14f
  • Duration

    Duration

    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

If you've ever enjoyed those wonderfully dreadful late night mystery-thrillers of the past, you'll go wild over this clever, wacky, uproarious farce. Young Priscilla Del Mar has journeyed into the country with her superstitious cousin Patsy to view "The Old Dark House," her inheritance from a weird uncle who was known to have carried on even weirder experiments! The property has burned down under those well known suspicious circumstances, and the girls are forced to take shelter in the home of Dr. Gorilla, a legendary master criminal. Unknown to the girls, guests at a nearby "home for the upset" have also invaded the premises: the feuding Grandma Hatfield, Lizzie Borden, and Sweet Alice Blue Goon. A few of the strange experiments from "The Old Dark House"seem to be on the loose, too! Of course there are disappearing corpses; manic, mile-a-minute chase scenes; and all manner of inspired lunacy.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Setting: The action of the play takes place in an old house belonging to an arch-criminal called Dr. Gorilla. In the woods of Vermont. The present.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

8m, 14f
GRANDMA HATFIELD - a feuding mountain woman.
LADY GINGERBREAD - inspired by the story of Hansel and Gretel.
PRISCILLA DEL MAR - a clever young woman.
PATSY - her comical cousin.
CHESTER - her employer's son.
LIZZIE - an axe murderess.
MRS. NIGHTFALL - a housekeeper.
GRAVES - manservant to Dr. Gorilla.
BOO - a handyman.
DOUBLE-TROUBLE - two-headed man.
ROY - a young lawman.
BERNICE - an entertainer.
BUNNY - her sister.
BRENDA - another sister.
MYSTERIOUS MAN - no one knows his identity.
SWEET ALICE BLUE GOON - a southern belle.
DR. GORILLA - a criminal mastermind.
SPIDER - a paramedic.
MISS RATCHED - a nurse.
ROCKY - a lady truck driver.
GLORIANNA - a real estate agent.
EXTRAS (OPTIONAL) - more house "guests."
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Room for Extras

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Authors

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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