Mystery fans know that when an amateur sleuth like Miss Marple or Jessica Fletcher asks all sorts of questions, inserts herself into an investigation and tries to solve a murder, the police don't always appreciate her efforts.
For Superintendent Baxter, the latest murder case becomes even more aggravating when Mrs. Piper, the cleaning lady who found the body, turns out to be someone from his past.
The head of the police is the man she dated 30 years ago, said Lou Bisignani, who is directing Busybody for The Actors Circle in Scranton.
She talks about what they used to do when they were dating.
How awkward. How potentially embarrassing. Especially if other people are there to hear.
Complicating matters even further, Baxter has a bad cough and cold.
He's left his sickbed to take this case, Mrs. Piper is driving him crazy, and, oh yes, the corpse seems to have been moved.
That last twist adds another shade of meaning to the play's title, Bisignani said. Not only is Mrs. Piper amusingly meddlesome, the corpse appears to have moved, so it, too, is a busy body.
There are actually two dead bodies, and I can't tell you who they are because you'll give it away, the director said.
He will confirm, as you've probably guessed, that Mrs. Piper is pretty much on track as far as solving the case.
She makes a plan to get the killer to confess, and he does confess but the plan goes awry and she's almost killed, Bisignani said. It's a very funny and entertaining scene.
The whole show is entertaining, Bisignani said, from a clumsy constable who bumps his head as he searches for clues, to Mrs. Piper, who turns out to be right again and again.
Who: Actors Circle
When: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 3
Where: Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton
Tickets: $12, $10, $8
More info: 342-9707