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Detective Sketches and Other Short Plays D23000

Detective Sketches and Other Short Plays

By Douglas Post.

Product Code: D23000

  • Collection
  • Comedy | Drama

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The pieces within this collection may be performed individually or together. By default, granted licenses will include the whole work unless specifically requested otherwise. Please submit a cutting request with your application if you do not intend to perform the work in its entirety.

* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

$10.95 /book

Min. Royalty Rate: $90/perf

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A collection of five short plays. Detective Sketches (Trouble Is Eating My Pants): A spoof of the film noir genre. Alex Diver is the best private investigator in town, according to the sign on his door. He gets tangled in a web of deception and death when the Lady In Green asks him to take a case. Escape from Groovytown: A man living in a cool neighborhood full of hipsters realizes he doesn't belong and runs away to the gritty side of town. Unfortunately, he can't stay away for long. Falling Through the Cracks: A comedy about a woman who is almost homeless confronting her son on the subway. Somewhere on the Coast of Belize: A comedy about two men from Manhattan attempting to unload their barge of garbage on a Third World power. At Night in the Asylum: A haunting choral reading piece that equates the fears of the inhabitants of a city dwelling with those of a madhouse.


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  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Collection
  • Product Code D23000
  • Cast Size 7
  • Pages 96
  • Min. Royalty Rate $90/perf
  • Cost $10.95
  • Approx. Run Time 90 min


  • Target Audience High School | College and Adult
  • Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre
  • Genre Comedy | Drama
  • ISBN(13) 9780871298010
* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

Customer Reviews

"A wonderful parody of every film noir or detective story you ever saw."
Review by Carolyn Ayres, Fortuna High School, Fortuna, CA
"A perfect short piece for adult community theatre. The audience loved itÑprobably because they remember film noir, Sam Spade, Mike Hammer and Zippo lighters."
Review by Carol Wroblewski, Sun City Community Theatre, Bluffton, S.C.
"What a fabulous play for a high-school festival. Our adjudicator loved the script, and the adults in the audience got every joke. The students were entertained by the fast-paced comedy and the stylish acting."
Review by Paula Zentner, Maple Ridge Secondary School, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada

Hints, Tips, and Tricks

"Keep it simpleÑdon't kill the humor with expansive sets."
Tip by Johnnie Hill, Tullahoma High School, Tullahoma, Tenn.

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