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Crooked Hand: Game of Cups – comical whodunit


The year is 1939. After a solid year building a name for himself as a detective, Phil Lebowski comes across a piece of evidence that will lead him to “the one that got away.” Hot on the trail, Phil gets wrapped up in a job with his ex-friend on security detail of a priceless jewel. Suddenly, they are caught in a madcap situation full of gangsters, thieves, and murder! Can Phil find the killer, retrieve a giant ruby, and wrangle all the crazy suspects before he “sleeps with the fishes” in this comical whodunit.

Crooked Hand: Game of Cups is the sequel to Crooked Hand,  also by American playwright Jeff Carlson.

Author: Jeff Carlson and Zach Triplett

Type: Two-act play

Genre: Comical whodunit, crime, film noir

Cast: 6M, 3F, 1N

Ages of the actors: Adult. No ages specified

Suitable for: All ages to watch and teens up to perform

Length: 100 minutes

Set: Detective’s office, conference hall, a radio show live from a prison which can be invisible or seen at the director’s discretion

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – cutting back and forth between the radio show and actual events happening live on stage

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Copyright © January 2019 Jeff Carlson and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other whodunits you may enjoy:

All in the past – murder mystery set in 1930’s Shanghai
Merriweather’s Murderous weekend – a murder weekend goes deadly wrong
Parlor City Noir – gritty film noir whodunit

Sir Lyonel and the Legion of Unlikely Heroes – funny fantasy script

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There’s nothing like serving a reigning queen a good dose of her own justice. Sir Lyonel the Just has seen the limits of Queen Agrivaine’s mercy (very limited) and has an unyielding desire to get back what is rightfully his. A knight can only do so much with his swordsmanship but by a stroke of good fortune Sir Lyonel happens upon a minstrel because well, everyone needs one. Sir Lyonel also stumbles upon the strongest man within quite a radius, one who if they shoot you, it will be your last breath, one with dominion over the winds, a lady with crazy fast feet and a woman who puts the cold in ‘’ice cold’’. They all join forces with the knight to get rich from the Queen’s treasury and bruise her ego too. It’s not an easy feat, for the Queen is cunning but at least there is quite a bit of fun to be had with the Princess’s betrothal on the cards in this funny fantasy script.

It’s a league distinct from any other.

Read other fantasy scripts – The Robber Baron and the Baker Thief by horror and fantasy author David Schmidt

Author: David Schmidt

Type: Two-act play

Genre: Funny fantasy script

Cast: Main Characters: 2M, 2F. Total cast: 5M, 7F

Ages of the actors: Teens up

Suitable for: All ages to watch, teens up to perform

Length: 60-75 minutes

Set: Roads, various. Throne room of the queen, outside the palace gates, a banquet hall.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – some special effects may be needed.

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Copyright © August 2018 David Schmidt and Off the Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other fantasy scripts for you to enjoy:

Enchanted – two boy scouts. lost in the forest come across a magical kingdom
Regicide – fantasy about revolution. And murder.
Teru ‘ah – alternate history fantasy about a very different outcome from world war two.

Anniversaries – two act comedy about a failing hotel

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Diane Culthorpe, the reputable and ‘motherly’ proprietor of a clifftop hotel in Italy is about to celebrate her thirtieth anniversary as the owner of the hotel. Sadly, she has been far from financially astute and the bank is about to foreclose on the mortgage.

Alan Barron, a novelist and author of the trilogy, Anniversaries, has been a guest at the hotel for twenty five years and might also be celebrating his twenty fifth wedding anniversary, had his wife not left him during the first week of their honeymoon.

Reg Moss and his colleague Elaine, property investment executives, arrive at the hotel with an ulterior motive – to ascertain whether it would be in their employer’s interests to purchase the hotel to develop it as a casino.

Will the executives be exposed and will the hotel be saved in the end in this two act comedy? Read about playwright Keith Passmore. Other comedies by Keith.

Author: Keith Passmore

Genre: Comedy

Type: Two act comedy

Length: 1.5 hours, 90 minutes

Cast: 7M 4F

Ages of the actors: All adult, young to older

Suitable for: PG 12 – language

Set: A patio and balcony area at a hotel on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. There are white patio chairs, tables and a few folded umbrellas on stands. There are also potted palms and climbing plants. UL is a balustrade to the balcony.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – character driven play.

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Copyright © August 2015 Keith Passmore and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other similar plays:

Early Liberty – drama about a hotel, and the intricacies of the relationships between the characters
Try Psychology – melodramatic comedy about ‘The Castle Inn’, badly in debt and with terrible food
Joined at the hip – South Africa comedy about a pair of Siamese twins and their boyfriends staying over at a very conservative hotel.


Foulweather Friend – a two act dark comedy

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Foulweather Friend,  a two act dark comedy, is set in a forgotten hamlet in 1957 Vermont. The town is slowly crumbling around its last remaining living inhabitants.  A community theatre company persists in producing plays even though most of the subscription audience are in the graveyard and might, to be fair, require they be exhumed.  (At the very least they’ll have a full audience that way.)  They are in the process of rehearsing their latest play, “Foulweather Friend,” when a mysterious young playwright,  Pegeen Dalrymple, arrives in town.  But is she who she says she is? And what does she want? Family issues collide with the supernatural including Druidism in this full length play.

Author: James Kent

Genre: Dark comedy

Type: Full length play, two act dark comedy

Length:  Two and a half hours

Number of actors: Eight, 8,  5F 3M

Ages of actors: One late twenties, one late thirties, rest early fifties to early nineties

Suitable for: All ages

Level of Difficulty:  7/10 – much of the humor depends on the zany older characters

Set: In Act One we are introduced to a pond, then a community stage brimming with props and set pieces.  In Act Two the characters are only in the graveyard.  Drop dead silence is punctured by sounds of crickets, cicadas, birdsong and by lightning and thunder.

Read about playwright James Kent

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Copyright May 2013 James Kent Off The Wall Play Publishers