A Distinct Lack of Mobility From Kill the Critic! by Todd Wallinger After accidentally killing New York City’s most powerful theatre critic, an actor drafts his costar to help fake a suicide note.

JACK, wisecracking older actor TREVOR, neurotic young actor

JACK: Where are you going? TREVOR: I was just going to step outside for a smoke. JACK: You don't smoke. TREVOR: No, but I really, really want to start. JACK: Oh, no, you don't. You're going to stay here and tell me who's in that wardrobe and why he shows a distinct lack of mobility. TREVOR: If I tell you a secret, do you promise not to tell? JACK: Sure, and after that we can stay up all night and paint each other's toenails. TREVOR: I'm serious, Jack. JACK: Look, if you're expecting ethical behavior, you're asking the wrong guy. I'm an actor, remember? TREVOR: I killed Bertram Finch. JACK: Bertram Finch, the theatre critic? TREVOR: Yes. JACK: Is there a reward? TREVOR: Sure. Free room and board from the State of New York and a deep personal relationship with a man known only as Scar.

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JACK: Maybe Finch isn't dead. Maybe he's just, you know, relaxed. TREVOR: Does that look relaxed to you? JACK: No, that looks dead. TREVOR: You've got to help me get rid of him. JACK: Oh, no. I'm not stupid. That would make me an accessory after the fact. And I don't like the sound of this Scar person. TREVOR: It was your rat poison. JACK: So where should we dump him? TREVOR: I don't know. I was thinking we could sneak him into the freight elevator and take him down to the basement, but there are too many people around. JACK: Maybe we could toss him out the window. TREVOR: Oh, yeah. A 300-pound man doing a swan dive onto 44th Street. That won't attract attention at all. JACK: We could make it look like he jumped. TREVOR: What do you mean? JACK: You know, plant a suicide note or something. TREVOR: That's the most ridiculous idea I ever— Wait a minute. That's brilliant. JACK: Really? TREVOR: Yes. Take a letter. JACK: Who do you think I am, your secretary? TREVOR: Well, you can't expect me to write it. They'd think I was the murderer. JACK: We certainly wouldn't want that, would we? All right. Go ahead. TREVOR: "When in the course of human events—" JACK: No, no, no. TREVOR: What's wrong?

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JACK: That's the Declaration of Independence. TREVOR: How do you know? JACK: I played Thomas Jefferson in The Founding Father Follies, remember? TREVOR: All right then. How about, "Goodbye, cruel world"? JACK: Oh, please. TREVOR: Now what's the matter? JACK: Finch is a professional journalist. He wouldn't be caught dead writing hackneyed garbage like that. TREVOR: Actually, it appears that he would. JACK: Let me give it a try. TREVOR: What, you think you can do better? JACK: Oh, I know I can do better. All right. Here goes. "I, Bertram Finch, being of sound mind and body—" TREVOR: Wait a minute. You call that body sound? JACK: No, I don't. But he would. TREVOR: Good point. JACK: "Being of sound mind and body, I hereby declare that I have seen the error of my ways. Too long have I dipped my pen in the inkwell of bitterness and acerbity." TREVOR: Acerbity? JACK: It's a Scrabble word. 15 points. TREVOR: What does it mean? JACK: I have no idea. TREVOR: Go on. JACK: "And I wish to make recompense for my sins against humanity."

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TREVOR: That's laying it on a little thick, don't you think? JACK: Not yet, I don't. TREVOR: Oh, boy. JACK: "The greatest of these sins is my failure to recognize the genius of that master thespian Jack Mann." TREVOR: Hold on. Why do you get the rave review? JACK: Because I'm dictating the note. TREVOR: Yeah, but I killed him. JACK: That's only because you didn't give me a shot at him first.

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