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Murder and a show – whodunit comedy

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MURDER AND A SHOW –  WHODUNIT COMEDY

Murder and a Show is the story of Eric, who is married to Aubrey, who is dumb as bricks, and Tom, who is married to Trixie, who thinks she knows everything about everything. These two neighbors have devised a plan to have both wives killed at Aubrey’s birthday party. Eric has hired a theater troupe to come perform a murder mystery dinner theater at their apartment, only what Aubrey and Trixie don’t know is that one of the actors is really an assassin there to kill them. Everything goes south when one of the actors turns out to be Eric’s mistress and one of the other actors winds up dead instead of the two wives. While the actors try to figure out who killed Jay, Eric and Tom try to figure out who didn’t kill their wives and why. And to make matters worse a nervous police officer shows up because of report of gunfire in the area. Tensions mount as everyone at the party scrambles to find the murderer while trying to convince the police that nothing is wrong.

This whodunit comedy show was produced and performed at Theatre 29 in Twentynine Palms, California in 2001 and was presented as a dinner theater experience. Read more about best selling playwright Mike Maxwell.

FURTHER PRODUCTION HISTORY

On Deck Players, Yuma, AZ, USA – 2017
Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center, AK, USA – 2018

Author: Mike Maxwell

Genre:   Whodunit comedy

Type: One act play

Length: Sixty minutes

Number of Actors:  Nine actors 9 (10) 5F, 4M

Ages of the  actors: All adult, ages 20-60

Suitable for: All ages

Set: The William’s apartment. The front door is located stage left. There is a closet stage right. There are two bedrooms. One is upstage right and one is upstage left. There is a couch center stage. There is a counter and a mini-fridge located stage right, upstage of the closet. There is a phone on the counter.

Level of Difficulty:  7/10 – a play with fun, over the top characters

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Cost is $6 for this previously produced digital play

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Copyright March 2014 Mike Maxwell and Off The Wall Play Publishers

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Pigeons – a two-act drama about a potential millionaire

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PIGEONS – A TWO-ACT DRAMA PLAY

“Pigeons” is a two-act drama about a man named Lester, in his thirties, who is about to inherit a fortune left to him by his dead grandmother on the condition  that he is married before he is thirty five years old. Unfortunately, Lester is a recluse who dropped out of high school in his senior year after failing a course in English. He is completely obsessed with breeding a champion homing pigeon. He spends the better part of his days on the roof of his Philadelphia home with his pigeons.  Lester is supported by his sister, Sistine, a Catholic nun who supports him by bringing food everyday as otherwise he just wouldn’t cope.
Sistine decides to take the matter of Lester being married into her own hands. She brings home a single young woman who works as a clerk at the convent.

Lester has a problem in that he hasn’t kissed a female for years. We learn as the play progresses what caused this trauma in Lester’s life. The young woman’s mission is directed with the nun’s encouragement to get Lester over his phobia and become his wife.

The two-act drama play gets convoluted when a boyhood friend of Lester and his sister arrive in the second act. As the play progresses, we learn the Machiavellian reasons for the nun’s motivations.

“Pigeons,” was professionally produced at the “New World Theater” in Miami Beach a few years ago. It was also produced at several theaters in Baltimore/Annapolis as well as several dinner theaters.

Author: Lee Dorsey

Genre: Drama

Type:  Two (2) act play

Characters:  2M, 2F

Ages of actors: Late twenties to early forties

Length of play:  100 minutes

Suitable for: PG rated (sexual language and nuances)

Set:Moderate – there are two adjoining rooms – a lounge – dining room and next to that a small kitchen with a sink and gas stove.

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Cost is $8

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PIGEONS – A TWO-ACT DRAMA

This play is fully protected under the copyright laws of the United States of America, the British Empire, including the Dominion of Canada and all other countries of the Copyright Union and is subject to a royalty. All rights, including professional, amateur, motion pictures, recitation, public reading, radio broadcasting, television, and the rights of translation into foreign languages are strictly reserved.

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