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"The Murder Room" Last Modified: Thursday, November 13, 2008
"The Murder Room"
by Jack Sharkey
Directed by Karla Parker Ross
October, 2007
Synopsis
Mavis and her lover plan to kill her wealthy new husband, Edgar Hollister, and seem to have succeeded quite quickly and all too easily, but have they? The arrival of Edgar's dotty daughter Susan, with fiance in tow, complicates everything as they try to solve the mystery of Edgars' disappearance. The interfering housekeeper fails to help as do the two bumbling members of the Harrogate Constabulary.

When this zany spoof of British mysteries opened in Sydney, Australia, reviewers spouted phrases like "a great vehicle for three ladies," "a plethora of hilarious situations," and "this is a romp!" "Really a minor gem ... witty and sophisticated." Newcastle Morning Herald. "Murder has never been this funny. A spoof of all crime thrillers ... it is good clean mirth all the way. The quick, smart, extremely well timed dialogue of Jack Sharkey comes through loud and clear [with] never a dull moment." Times. "There are secret chambers, secret panels and trap lids galore. They're all operated by the most ridiculous contrivances and gloriously mucked up.... A high, mad melodrama." Frank Harris. "Delightful ... constant humor.... A good mixture of Agatha Christie, Monty Python, and Abbot and Costello!" Canon, Memphis.

Published by Samuel French, Inc.

Characters
Edgar Hollister: Steve Burns
Mavis Templeton Hollister: Helen Parker
Mrs. Lottie Molloy: Julie Howard
James Crandall: David Howard
Abel Howard: Steve Burns
Susan Hollister: Karla Parker Ross
Barry Draper: Dylan Ashcroft
Our Crew
Director: Karla Parker Ross
Asst. Dir./Stage Manager: Tom Clark
Producer: Gene Forsyth
Props: Renee Burns
Lights/Sound: Walter Dodson, John Lukas
Set Design: Mark Britton,
Thomas Clark,
and Bill Schuler
Sets: Mark Britton
Set Construction: Mark Britton, Walter Dodson, Bob Stout, Libby & Dave Jacques
Publicity: Gene Forsyth, Jackie Stuelke
Programs: Bill & Barbara White
Newsletter: Margaret Forsyth, Ann Wilson
Concessions: Tom & Dee Farr
House Manager: Walter Dodson
Box Office: Peggy Socias
Webmaster: Tom Clark & John Lukas
Artwork: Tom Clark
Our Thanks
Sherryl Watkins
Jerry Jones
Pocket Theatre Board of Directors
Arts Central
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Our sincere apology to all those whom we inadvertantly omitted.

A special thanks to ALL of those who have worked so hard to make Pocket Theatre the success it is!!