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Best Murder Mystery Plays

  • 1.  Best Murder Mystery Plays

    Posted 3 days ago

    I have a question for those of you who are deeply familiar with the Murder Mystery genre.  Due to the shutdown, we had to cancel our production of The Mousetrap.  Now I am turning my eye toward the upcoming season, with all of its uncertainty, and trying to make a plan.  The cast was enjoying The Mousetrap, but the more we rehearsed the more glaring the weaknesses of the play stood out to me.  There are a couple of serious holes in the plot and the ending feels painfully awkward and abrupt.  I might remount the production this season with the addition of a few new cast members, or I might choose another Murder Mystery altogether.  My questions for those of you who are familiar with the genre are:
    A. What are your thoughts on The Mousetrap?  What was your experience with the production?
    B. Are there other plays in this genre you would recommend instead? (preferably with larger casts)

    Jim Butz

    Jim Butz
    Drama Teacher
    Town and Country MO

  • 2.  RE: Best Murder Mystery Plays

    Posted 20 minutes ago
    Pioneer Drama Service has about 100 mysteries including those with audience participation, dinner theatre, and even a few musical mysteries! Our top seller is Murder's in the Heir. It's a hoot because there is no actual ending-the audience chooses who the murderer is! That means each performance can have a different ending, so patrons come back for repeat shows.

    Feel free to call me at 800-333-7262 if you'd like more suggestions, or check out our website at

    Debra Fendrich
    Executive Editor