Reserve Two for Murder

by  John Randall

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  7m, 6f, 1girl(s)

"Combines the best features of Hellzapoppin and Charley Chan in Greenwich Village." - The New York Post

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Reserve Two for Murder

by  John Randall

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 6f, 1girl(s)
  • SubGenre


  • Accolades


    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

It opens with a play within the play set five hundred years in the future. As this "play' unfolds, the theater is suddenly plunged into darkness, and an actor is shot and killed by somebody in the audience. From this point, there are weird, chilling developments—including a second murder, a vanishing corpse that reappears in the auditorium's rear, and disclosure that operatives of a spy ring are present. The mystery is finally unraveled by two detectives who've come to see the performance: Sergeant Kennedy and his proverb spouting assistant, Sam Lee. A lot of the action takes place in the auditorium with the audience sometimes taking part.
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"Combines the best features of Hellzapoppin and Charley Chan in Greenwich Village." - The New York Post


Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget


  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Setting: The entire action of the play is continuous and occurs on the stage and in the auditorium of the Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City, during a performance.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


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


7m, 6f, 1girl(s)

HELEN SMITH - about 19, pretty but rather intense young woman, suggesting a mysterious background.
JOHN RANDALL - any age. A dark, handsome individual, foreign in appearance.
MRS. EDWARDS - about 25, a tall blonde girl, mature in appearance.
SERGEANT KENNEDY - any age. A hard-boiled New York detective, solid-looking and tenacious, but not very intelligent.
LEE - a young Chinese man of about 25. Deliberate and scholarly in manner.
MRS. INGLEFRITZ - about 35. A fat, dumpy woman, slangy and coarse in speech. Wears very cheap and flashy clothes.
ELOISE - about 9. Mrs. Inglefritz's little girl and a brat!
WILLIAM RUSSELL - about 24. Tall, good-looking, athletic in appearance.
DR. MARTIN EDWARDS - about 35. A dignified, well dressed man, who constantly gives the impression of knowing much more than he imparts.
MRS. THURSTON-ALLEN - about 50. A large handsome woman of the society dowarger type.
SCHULTZ - any age. A New York policeman.
MARTHA GREGORY - about 19. Pretty in a weak, colorless way.
SALLY LYNCH - about 24. A tough, hard-boiled young woman who has had to fight her way in the world. Wears an usher's uniform.
IVAN STRANGE - about 25. A tall, dark, suave young man. He should be oily in appearance, but smooth in speech.

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting



John Randall

John Randall

A success at New York's Cherry Lane Theatre. Directed by Gregory Deane.

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