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We Must Kill Toni

We Must Kill Toni
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Ian Stuart Black
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 96
Pub. Date: 2011
ISBN-10: 0573617678
ISBN-13: 9780573617676
Cast Size: 2 women, 3 men

About the Play:

We Must Kill Toni is a full-length comedy-thriller by Ian Stuart Black. When a distant cousin, pretty Toni, inherits the family fortune, two unscrupulous brothers mull marrying or murdering her to retain the source of their means.

We Must Kill Toni concerns the two young brothers of the Oberon family who live in their mansion with one faithful butler. They are happy until they discover the inheritance has gone to distant cousin Toni. This charming girl is shortly to descend on them, and the problem that faces the two is "Murder or Marriage?" When Toni arrives they have to consider whether (if murder) the means shall be the knife, or poison, or the dungeons, or (if marriage) which of the two is it who must marry her? Ian Stuart Black plays every conceivable variation on the alternate plots of the brothers, and the play is alive with wit and invention.

We Must Kill Toni premiered in 1953 at the Westminster Theatre in the West End of London and in the US in 1963 at The Boothbay Playhouse in Boothbay, Maine. Since then the play was adapted for a movie and is still popular in repertory, college, and community theatres.

Cast: 2 women, 3 men

About the Playwright:

Ian Stuart Black (1915-1986) was a British novelist, playwright and screenwriter. One of the leading creative writers in the post-war years of what was to become known as the golden age of television drama, he is best known as creator, producer, and a writer of Danger Man, starring Patrick McGoohan, the first British television series to make a major impact in America.