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Rehearsal for Murder

Rehearsal for Murder
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Richard Levinson and William Link
Adapted by: D.D. Brooke
Publisher: Dramatic Publishing (cover image may change)
Format: Softcover
Pub. Date: 1982
ISBN-10: 0871292793
ISBN-13: 9780871292797
Cast Size: 6 female, 9 male

About the Play:

Rehearsal for Murder is a full-length suspense thriller adapted for the stage by David Rogers (writing under the pseudonym D.D. Brooke), from the television play by Richard Levinson and William Link. A witty theatrical murder mystery. The leading lady seems to have committed suicide after mixed reviews of her Broadway debut. Her fiancé, the playwright, knows better. A year later, he assembles everyone to read scenes from his new play, but this is more than just a rehearsal. The playwright has found a novel way to catch a killer. No one and nothing are who and what they seem.

Rehearsal for Murder is a thrilling roller coaster ride of a mystery in which your theatre becomes the set for the play. Playwright Alex Dennison turns on the stage work lights and prepares for the first reading of his new play. The actors, producer, director and others connected with the show come onto the stage, and under their humorous (and utterly real) theatrical talk, tension grows. We discover that everyone connected with this play was involved with another play by the same playwright. At its opening night, exactly a year ago, its beautiful leading lady – and Dennison's fiancée – Monica Wells died. While the police had determined it a suicide, Dennison isn't convinced. Although she supposedly jumped from the balcony of her highrise apartment because many opening night reviews were negative, Dennison is sure she was pushed. But by whom? An ex-boyfriend? A disappointed producer? As the read-through begins, startling connections to the murder begin to unfold through flashbacks and reenactments. Growing tension reaches the boiling point with surprising revelations and accusations, countered by others even more surprising. The dazzling and logical twists build to a climax and solution that are theatrically stunning!

Rehearsal for Murder is a murder mystery with a strong pedigree. Originally written in 1982 as a CBS-TV television movie by the team of Richard Levinson and William Link, the creators of the unsurpassable mystery series Murder She Wrote and the award-winning TV detective series Columbo. The original TV script won a 1983 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America, and it is the basis for the play by David Rogers. The play toured the UK in 2016 and has been produced widely at high schools, colleges, and community theatres across the North America.

Cast: 6 female, 9 male

What people say:

"Rehearsal for Murder ... came out in 1982 as a CBS-TV movie... TV critics liked it and so did playwright D.D. Brooke, who saw its potential as an ongoing hit on the drama circuit... Brooke took the red herring-rich Levinson/Link teleplay and molded it into a somewhat tighter, but no-less-teasing stage vehicle. The result is a murder mystery that, because of its well-defined plotting and characters, is both intriguing and entertaining." — Los Angeles Times

"In most murder mysteries, the audience can guess who committed the crime. In ... Rehearsal For Murder, the authors have created a play with many twists and turns, pointing the audience in different directions." — The Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, Ontario)

"If you like a good murder mystery, Rehearsal For Murder is likely to tick a lot of your boxes. ...written by Richard Levinson and William Link, the duo behind Murder, She Wrote, it's a solid whodunnit. The play is set in the world of the theatre with the actors playing actors which brings another layer of interest to proceedings." — The Stage (London)

About the Playwright:

Richard Levinson (1934-1987) and William Link were two of television's most successful mystery writers who collaborated for 43 years, until Levinson's death. They created classic television detective series such as Mannix, Columbo, and most notably, Murder She Wrote, as well as made-for-TV movies including Rehearsal for Murder.

David Rogers (1928-2013) was an American playwright who wrote in all entertainment media from Broadway to Hollywood, from night clubs to grand opera as well as five novels and many short stories. He is the author of over 40 plays (some written under the pseudonym D.D. Brooke). Of his six Broadway shows, he was best known for his 1981 Tony-nominated musical Charlie and Algernon, for which he wrote the book and lyrics.