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Your Price: $14.95 CDN
Author: Gerald Moon
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 64
Pub. Date: 1985
ISBN-10: 057311014X
ISBN-13: 9780573110146

About the Play:

Corpse! is a full-length comic thriller by Gerald Moon. A struggling actor schemes to murder his wealthy twin brother in Gerald Moon's comedy thriller. Think of Sleuth crossed with Deathtrap crossed with a Feydeau and you'll have an idea of the wild and crazy, unpredictable hijinks in this hit play.

Corpse! is set in London in 1936, and tells the story of twin brothers, one of whom plots to murder the other in the most unusual circumstances. Evelyn, an out of work actor, engages the genial Irishman Powell, with a shady past, to do away with his suave, sophisticated, monied twin. Their plotting in Evelyn's Aladdin's cave of a flat is punctuated by the visits of a delightfully theatrical landlady. As with most fool proof plans, things do not go as they should and people are not what they seem. Corpse! is not so much a whodunnit as a whodunnit to whom!

Corpse! originally premiered in 1983 at the American Stage Festival Theatre, Milford, New Hampshire. Critics were lavish in their praise of the play both in terms of comedy and suspense. In 1984 it was presented in London at the Apollo Theatre and the production transferred to Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre in 1985. It has subsequently been presented all over the world: Sweden, Denmark, Japan, South Africa, Austria, Poland, Bulgaria, Italy and Spain. A six-month tour of Australia culminated in a smash-hit opening in Sydney, where it ran for ten months.

Cast: 1 woman, 1 man

What people say:

"Brilliant comedy thriller... Vastly entertaining.... You may die laughing." — New York Post

"If The Mousetrap is the thriller for the fifties; Sleuth for the sixties: Deathtrap for the seventies; Corpse! is surely the thriller for the eighties." — Los Angeles Times

"There is always a warm welcome for superlative hokum and here it is by the bucketful. A wild, high camp comedy thriller... a play where anything can happen ... and most of it does." — Daily Mail (London)

About the Playwright:

Gerald Moon is an English actor and playwright. He began his theatrical career as an actor on British television and is best known for his comic thriller Corpse!