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A Lighter Shade of Noir

A Lighter Shade of Noir

by Patrick Derksen

Trent Trowel is your typical gumshoe. Searching the mean streets for crimes to solve and dames to fall for. He joins some of the world’s most famous detectives at the International PD gala. There’s Shirley Holmes, Jean Louie Phillip Eustache… and Aunt Beatrice. But is this just an innocent gala? Will the world’s most dastardly villains foil them with a fiendish master plan? Will Aunt Beatrice ever get an English muffin? Everything is not what it seems.

A fabulously funny and high styling take on film noir - it’s a lighter shade of noir after all!


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Recommended for High Schools and Middle Schools

About 75 minutes
Times given are approximate and do not include intermissions/scene changes/breaks
25 Characters
4 M | 5 F | 16 Any Gender
Simple set
62 pages
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Praise for A Lighter Shade of Noir

Jessica Davis
Ronan High School
It is funny and fast-paced. There were jokes in it for the adults and jokes for younger kids and the whole audience was laughing.
Gisa Bevacqua-Tirone
The Country Day School
The grade 7 to 9 students had a blast with this show. They loved the characters and the style of the production. We were always laughing in rehearsal and they got such positive feedback after performing. It was a great success.
Cheryl Robinson
Strack Intermediate
Our production of A Lighter Shade of Noir was a great success! Our audience raved about the show, both how fun the story was and how great our student actors portrayed their parts. This play got one of the best responses of my 6 years here at Strack Intermediate. Thank you so much Theatrefolk for having such great scripts available for our middle school community.

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