Producer Shayne Grant mounts Walter Knapf's play 'Mainely Murder', a reworking of JB Fletcher's mystery, who was one of his teachers. Only after the pre-premiere Broadway interviews, Walter admits he was railroaded into appalling changes. The critics do a destructive job on the play, worst of all by ever-condescending TV columnist, Elliot Easterbrook. Shortly after, the Chronicle newspaper critic, Danny O'Mara, who gave the only glowing review while also attacking Elliot's, is found murdered after Easterbrook shouted he should be permanently silenced. Jessica and the NYPD work their way through suspects among cast, crew and critical body, starting with Elliot, who was found there holding a gun but has a TV alibi, only to find the killer after examining notes and computer files.
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's character says that he has an ability to mimic the writing styles of various critics. Little is a professional impressionist, performing impressions of, among others, every U.S. president since Kennedy and several celebrities. See more
Easterbrook (Dean Stockwell) refers to having been invited to "your little post-prandial party", when speaking about the premier after-party. "Post-prandial" means "after-meal". But Easterbrook is shown to be a pompous windbag, and simply not have known the proper meaning of what he said. See more
Good evening. Elliot Easterbrook with your "Live At 5:00 Mini Cam" at the Woolcott Theatre. Do you know that it has been said that the theater is a temple? If so, it is a temple which has frequently worshiped false gods. Only time and astute critical judgment will tell if "Mainely Murder", which opens here tomorrow night, will honor the gods or, yet again, profane them.
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