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Don't Tell the Tsar

Don't Tell the Tsar
Comedy - 5m, 2w - single unit set

synopsis

As the Russian Empire crumbles, five clueless assassins carry out a deadly mission to save Tsarist Russia: Murder the mysterious monk Rasputin. There's only one problem. He won't die. Bullets, poison and bludgeoning all seem to have no effect on the ever cheerful monk. The assassins, like their plan, begin to unravel as this based-on-historical-fact story races toward its surprising conclusion. A comedy written in the blackest of ink.

characters

  • Rasputin, a holy man of scandalous reputation
  • The Prince, 30, the wealthiest man in Russia
  • The Grand Duke, late 20's, handsome, with a good heart
  • The Deputy, 40ish, a man of presence and stature
  • The Doctor, middle-aged, meek, quiet
  • The Princess, 20's, quite beautiful
  • The Prince's Mother, 50's, a woman of breeding

production
history

  • Hartt School, University of Hartford, Hartford, CT - May 1999
    (College Production)
    (dir. Liza Stein)
  • Caldwell Theatre Co., Boca Raton, FL - Dec. 1999 - Feb. 2000
    (dir. Kenneth Kay)

reviews

"McKeever brings a light, quick touch to Rasputin's checkout, whipping this melodramatic pudding into a mousse."
- Jack Zink, Sun-Sentinel

"Rare, riotous humor, freshly invented . . ."
- Fred Diekmann, Hotspots
 
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