America's longest running comedy whodunit makes it's long-awaited premiere in New York City.
The Off-Broadway production of Shear Madness played it's final performance at New World Stages July 10, 2016. For current Off-Broadway show listings and tickets, please click here.
From the producers: Set in an upscale hair salon, this hilarious whodunit is filled with up-to-the-minute humor and nail-biting suspense.
Scheduling Note: "Shear Madness" played its final performance at New World Stages 7/10. Beginning 7/15, performances resumed at the Davenport Theater. To purchase tickets, click here.
The long-running comedic and interactive whodunit, which recently celebrated its 35th year of performances in Boston, is adapted by Bruce Jordan — who also directs the Off-Broadway staging — and Marilyn Abrams, after Paul Pörtner's German psychodrama. Set in a unisex hair salon, the audience is invited to vote nightly on who is guilty and who isn't, producing varied results.
Here's a 2012 promo from the Kennedy Center production:
"Shear Madness" debuted at the Charles Playhouse in Boston in 1980, where it continues to run with an ever-evolving cast. It was voted Best Comedy of the Year seven times by the Boston Globe and recipient of the Best Play of the Year by both the Chicago Sun-Times and the Philadelphia Enquirer. The first-ever national tour kicked off in 2012, and it has since been seen around the U.S. and internationally. It has also been playing for 28 years at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
What's New World Stages? New World Stages is a converted complex of movie theaters in midtown, about a block west of the Broadway theater district. Very well-apportioned, with excellent intermission bars and very comfortable seats, the theatres are relatively intimate in size.