Play On!

Play

Writers: Rick Abbot

Overview

Show Information

Book
Text And Format
Category
Play
Number of Acts
3
First Produced
1980
Genres
Comedy
Time & Place
present, the stage of a community theatre
Cast Size
medium
Licensor
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, Ensemble Cast, High School, Regional Theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly female cast
Includes adult, mature adult, late teen, young adult characters

Synopsis

One plucky community theatre is about to produce a show called Murder Most Foul, a new “murder mystery play” with the same title as an Agatha Christie novel but with no relation whatsoever. The director/theatre manager, Gerry, thought producing the play was a good idea since the inexperienced playwright has agreed to let the company perform the show for no charge. Gerry, however, had no idea what disasters awaited her: the show is hilariously amateur, the “murder mystery” plot doesn’t really have a murder, and to top it off the playwright keeps changing the story and script only two days from its premiere! It doesn’t help that the cast is disgruntled, and the playwright accidentally deletes the entire sound effect board. All of the disasters come to fruition in Act III when the company performs the actual show with hilarious mishaps as every turn. Play On! is a hilarious love letter to community theatre.

Lead Characters