Four Criminal Acts by Peter Paylor


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Four Criminal Acts by Peter Paylor

"Four Criminal Acts", as the title suggests, is a sequence of four one-act comedies, each one involving a crime. The four plays can be performed together with a cast of four actors or they can be performed together with different actors or they can be performed singly, as stand-alone one-act plays. The four criminal acts are:

"The Green Thumb Gang"

Edith and Gertrude venture out from their retirement home most mornings for a walk—at least that’s what they tell Detective Barnes when Mr. Doherty comes home to find that they’ve walked right into his upscale apartment. They say they’re only there to water the plants, but what’s Edith doing with Mr. Doherty’s laptop under her arm? And where’s Lady Muffintop? She’s strictly an indoor cat. She’s not in the bag, but something is and it’s the answer to all the detective’s questions.

Run time: 30 minutes, Cast: 2f, 2m

"A Generous Gift"

Ms. Shaw has always taken care of the little things for her boss, Mr. Ulrich. Little things like picking out the perfect gifts for his staff. So why shouldn’t she pick out the perfect gift for her own retirement? Sure, it’s a generous gift, but after everything she’s done for the company, she deserves it. Or does she? Mr. Ulrich thinks she needs to be put in her place. She thinks she needs to be put in his.

Run time: 20 minutes, Cast: 1f, 1m

"Maybe Flowers"

Constance inherited the family fortune; Arthur inherited his father’s profession. She’s filthy rich; he’s a dirty crook. But money can’t buy everything. When Constance hires Arthur to steal what she can’t buy, they discover that they have much more in common than anyone would have thought and much more to talk about than they should…especially in the middle of a heist.

Run time: 20 minutes, Cast: 1f, 1m

"Tea with Roger"

Joan and Mavis may be the best of friends but Joan hasn’t seen Mavis since Mavis met Roger. So when an invitation to Mavis’s wedding comes in the mail the same day as an invitation to tea, Joan has questions. Who exactly is Roger? What’s with the exotic new tea? What are those strange sounds coming from the closet? What is that noise? Raccoons in the walls? Where is Roger anyway? And why is there a taser on the tea cart?

Run time: 25 minutes, Cast: 2f, 1m

Keywords: Seniors, Comedy

Male roles: 4
Female roles: 6