The first show of our 2012-13 season is a mystery farce. Has the bride of less than a day really killed her husband, or has he merely disappeared, as she desperately tries to convince the puzzled police?
A zany spoof of all murder mysteries, this comedy thriller by Jack Sharkey (whose ‘The Creature Creeps’ was produced by the Apollo in 1982) piles complication on complication as the plot twists and turns, until chaos reigns supreme. Why does a bride go out to a meeting on her wedding night? Why does her husband not drink his nice cocoa? What is the significance of the Murder Room? The action becomes fast and furious as the various threads are untangled.
Though less well-known in the UK, Jack Sharkey’s phenomenal output of plays, science fiction stories and novels, humorous articles and mystery novels made him a household name in the USA. He wrote 82 stage thrillers, comedies and musicals alone between 1965 and his death in 1992.
‘Really a minor gem … witty and sophisticated’ (Newcastle Morning Herald)
‘Murder has never been this funny. A spoof of all crime thrillers … good clean mirth all the way’ (Times)
‘A high, mad melodrama’ (Frank Harris)
‘A mixture of Agatha Christie, Monty Python and Abbot and Costello!’ (Canon, Memphis)
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