Synopsis

The Butler Did It

The Butler Did It $12.99

Walter Marks & Peter Marks

Published by Dramatists Play Service

4 Male 2 Female

The scene is the set where Anthony J Lefcourt, writer and director, is rehearsing his new play, a "classic whodunit" (in which all the characters are named Butler) with which he hopes to regain the success which has eluded him in recent seasons

Desperately eager to stimulate his cast to their best efforts, he has deliberately withheld the final scene of the play from them, but his patience is worn thin by the petty jealousies and romantic rivalries which detract from their concentration

In an effort to spur them on he "stages" the murder of one of the actresses, after which the plot begins to twist and turn with such dazzling ingenuity - and hilarity - that soon actors and audience alike have lost track of what is real and what is make-believe - until a surprise ending sets matters straight in a most bizarre and ironic way

Described as the Off-Broadway equivalent of Deathtrap, this deft and diabolically clever thriller mingles laughter and chills as it skillfully unwinds its twisted tale of murder and mayhem in the glittering world of the theatre

" lightheaded, lighthearted and funny a diversion of fun and mayhem" ~ NY Post

" ample opportunity here for laughs and double-whammy thrills" ~ NY Times

" a genuinely amusing burlesque of those good old '30s movie thrillers in which the killer is unmasked in the final moments" ~ NY Daily News

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