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      Crisp witty exchanges and constant plot twists abound in the mystery-thriller Murder by the Book, which Players Workshop will open 

on March 24, 2023, at the Workshop at 1431 Grove St., Burlington.

      Set in London, this light-hearted and inventive thriller by Duncan Greenwood and Robert King unfolds as a frustrated mystery writer 

indulges in vitriolic word duels with his estranged wife, until she finally snaps and shoots him.  But is he dead? A would-be detective attempts to solve the murder before the police, but deadly games are afoot as the tables constantly turn for both the victim and the killers.

      The cast is as follows:  Allan Allsup (Mount Pleasant) as the writer, Hadley Fleener as his secretary, Joanne Arms as the wife, Joseph Harmon (Ft. Madison) as the "detective," and James Beres as the publisher.

      Murder by the Book is directed by Kent Lewis, assisted by Njeri Patrik.  Bill Ell is the producer.

      The play will be at the Workshop on March 24-25, 30-31, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. and on March 26 and April 2 at 2:00 p.m.

      Murder by the Book is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals.

      For more information, call the Workshop at 319-753-6623, go to, or check out the Workshop's Facebook page.

      Players Workshop is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.        


Show times:

Evening shows start at 7:30 PM.

Sunday matinee shows start at 2:00 PM.

Box office opens 90 minutes before showtime. Auditorium opens 30 minutes before showtime.

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