New York City
The scene is the set where Anthony J. Lefcourt, writer and director, is rehearsing his new play The Butler Did It, a “classic whodunit” in which all the characters are named Butler. With this show, he hopes to regain the success, which has eluded him in recent seasons. Desperately eager to stimulate his cast to their best efforts, he has deliberately withheld the final scene of the play from them, but his patience is worn thin by the petty jealousies and romantic rivalries, which detract from their concentration. In an effort to spur them on he “stages” the murder of one of the actresses, after which the plot begins to twist and turn with such dazzling ingenuity and hilarity that soon actors and audience alike have lost track of what is real and what is make-believe-until a surprise ending sets matters straight in a most bizarre and ironic way.
There will be an additional performance on Sunday, April 3 at 2pm.