Something’s Fishy OR Who Murdered Muriel? A Comedy Murder Mystery Play Perusal



A Comedic Play, Murder Mystery.  Solving the problem of world hunger should be a good thing, right?  Not for Dr. Lucy Marshall who has to fight her competitors, diamond thieves and even deadly harm to her test fish, Muriel.


FINALLY! We NOW know the truth about the origin of Mankind! It all began in a Petri Dish at the Genome Observation Department!… WHO KNEW?

THAT’S RIGHT! It seems that, per the “Boss’s” instructions, an experiment was conducted that yielded a split result. The Subject divided into a positive and negative of itself, requiring careful introduction to each other in order for the experiment to continue. Relabeled “Man” and “Woman”, the subject matter was
poured into a Petri Dish and the experiment observation was begun.

We see the differences in the two “Subjects” as we follow them through their introduction, their growth in getting acquainted, their ultimate joining, and, of course, procreation. (The procreation part got a little ugly at the actual moment of birth, but, luckily, they survived it.)

Unfortunately, the whole thing was supervised by two rather unorthodox Lab Technicians, one of whom is a severe hypochondriac and worries constantly. Against explicit instructions, the Lab Techs can’t help tampering. They really should have left well enough alone, but they felt so bad because “Man” seemed to be at a definite disadvantage in several situations.

In the end, the two “Subjects” grow to maturity and have to acknowledge that, even through the rough spots, the whole thing was quite worth it because, in fact, they grew to love each other very much.

This is a touching and funny play that involves only four cast members. The set is simple and the message is a happy one. Everyone in the audience will be able to relate to what they watch unfold on the stage before their eyes.

Cast of Characters

  1. LAB TECH #1: (MALE or FEMALE) Nerdy type. Wears a lab coat and constantly writes things down on his clip board. Is a tedious record keeper and very nervous and unsure. As a result, s/he is a hypochondriac.
  2. LAB TECH #2: (MALE or FEMALE) More of a “Regular Guy/Gal”. Wears a lab coat. Works a little more “Off the cuff”. Messy.
  3. MAN: Handsome, well-built young man wearing a full black body suit.
  4. WOMAN: Beautiful, well-built young woman wearing a full black body suit.

Script Sample

Production Notes

This is an extremely easy show to put on. The sets are on stage in separate areas so there is no need for any set changes. The only thing that needs attention at change of scene is props.

If there are any questions, you need to discuss authors intent, or if there is the need for any changes due to venue restrictions, please feel free to give us a call. We will be glad to help and/or give authorization for those needed changes.


Modern day street dress and two lab coats.


The set for Aquatic Scientifics is Upstage Center. (See script for description)

The Real Estate Office is depicted Downstage at Stage Right with a simple desk, executive chair and guest chair. There is a sign that says “Smurge Real Estate”.

Miscellaneous occurrences happen Downstage at Stage Left and Center, with implied locations only.


Consult the script for all needed props.

Materials Package

Your Materials Package Includes:

  • 12 Scripts
  • 1 Press Play CD of Sound Effects

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