MURDER AT THE MIC is a two-act stage play that presents as a classic murder mystery with the ultimate question: who did it? Everyone loves a good mystery and this play offers a nice one. It reminds one of the classic “CLUE” film.
The goal is clear and the stakes are high. The play offers a despicable victim, a cast of offbeat suspects, a determined detective, as well as betrayal, secrets, a twist, and a very ironic and delightful ending.
The stage play is fun and the ensemble cast of characters share nice chemistry with each other. It’s easy to engage in the mystery.
The opening introduces the core characters. Greg Sutton is the main character that …show more content…
It’s at this point in the story that the play becomes a lot more fun. The idea of the detective being in the audience works well. The witty banter is enjoyable, as well as the clues.
The script really does a skillful job with making each of the core characters a viable suspect. Secrets are nicely revealed and peeled away, giving each suspect a credible motivation for murder. The idea of the video camera adds another twist. There’s a nice “cat and mouse” exchange between the detective and the usual suspects.
The discovery that the detective is really the video guy makes for a delightful reveal that the audience doesn’t see coming. It’s also amusing to see the suspects accuse the “detective” of being the real killer. However, instead of Hickman saying Greg’s name over the radio consider cutting his name to keep just a few more moments of suspense going about who’s going to walk into the room. Make this a stronger moment and then let the visual of Greg Sutton speak as the twist.
The ending is charming as all the suspects come together to actually really murder Greg at the mic. One can see the wheels turning as they glance at each other. The moment is …show more content…
In a screenplay there’s the opportunity to expand the world with multiple locations and the characters would have to be further developed. The first act would set up the ordinary world of Greg and introduce the core supporting characters and how Greg has “hurt” each of them in some way. This will establish the motivation for murder. Greg’s “death” would be the inciting event that propels the story forward. The second act would consist of the investigation, offering twists and turns as each suspect is highlighted. Tension would have to intensify, building to the reveal. The tone might feel like the classic film CLUE and definitely could be a lot of fun. In a screenplay the “detective” would be the main