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West Moon Street

  • Rob Urbinati
  • Full Length Play, Comedy, 1900-1910
  • 4M, 4F
  • ISBN: 9780573651489

Oscar Wilde's short story Lord Arthur Savile's Crime is a clever mystery, written to indict the fate industry with whom late-19th-century aristocrats seemed enthralled. The writer Rob Urbinati has molded the story into a briskly paced comedy of manners true to its author's greater spirit. A complete delight!

The New York Times

  • Full Length Play
  • Comedy
  • 105 minutes

  • Time Period: 1900-1910
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings
  • Cautions: No Special Cautions

  • Performance Group:
  • Large Stage, Dinner Theatre, Community Theatre, High School/Secondary, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, College Theatre / Student, Church / Religious Groups
Young Lord Arthur is deliriously happy – just down from Oxford and engaged to be married – when a mysterious palm reader predicts that he will commit a murder. A proper English gentleman, Arthur believes it is his Duty to get this killing business over with before he marries. But his education has not provided him with the required skills, and a hilarious series of mishaps ensues as he sets about finding a victim.

REVIEWS:

Oscar Wilde's short story Lord Arthur Savile's Crime is a clever mystery, written to indict the fate industry with whom late-19th-century aristocrats seemed so enthralled. The writer Rob Urbinati has molded the story into a briskly paced comedy of manners true to its author's greater spirit. A complete delight!

The New York Times

Urbinati's adaptation is deft, using the source material to its fullest and beautifully fleshing out several minor characters only alluded to in the original story.

Backstage

Rob Urbinati has done a truly marvelous thing: He's turned an infrequently read Oscar Wilde short story into a play that improves on the original. A Wilde ride indeed!

The New York Blade
Premiere Production: West Moon Street was originally produced by Prospect Theater Company (Cara Reichel, Producing Artistic Director; Melissa Huber, Managing Director) at the Hudson Guild Theatre, New York City, April 21 - May 20, 2007, under the direction of Davis McCallum.
  • Casting: 4M, 4F
  • Casting Attributes: Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Ensemble cast, Parts for Senior Actors, Drag performance, Color blind casting
  • Casting Notes: The role of Lady Clem can be played by a man.

  • LORD ARTHUR SAVILE - A gentleman. Naive.
    LADY WINDERMERE - His confidante. Grand.
    SYBIL MERTON - His betrothed. Clever.
    CHARLES - His valet. Devoted.
    LADY CLEM - His elderly aunt. Irritable.
    JANE PERCY - His cousin. Enthusiastic.
    MR. PODGERS - The cheiromantist. Mysterious.
    HERR WINCKELKOPF - An anarchist. Artistic.
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    Young Lord Arthur is deliriously happy – just down from Oxford and engaged to be married – when a mysterious palm reader predicts that he will commit a murder. A proper English gentleman, Arthur believes it is his Duty to get this killing business over with before he marries. But his education has not provided him with the required skills, and a hilarious series of mishaps ensues as he sets about finding a victim.

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