America's longest running comedy whodunit makes it's long-awaited premiere in New York City.
From the producers: Set in an upscale hair salon, this hilarious whodunit is filled with up-to-the-minute humor and nail-biting suspense.
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.
"Shear Madness" is a very well-oiled mousetrap. Where [it] has the advantage is in its inclusive spirit of fun. Some of the humor skates into uncomfortable-relic territory...other gags are as fresh as the news cycle. There's plenty of silliness for those in the grade school crowd, and lots of sly double entendres that will sail right over their heads.
Time Out New York
Some of the jokes are a bit belabored (many are outright groaners), but the cast deserves props for surpassing the script. Well acted if not exactly captivating, "Shear Madness" [is] entertainment whipped up for those who find murder, at least in fictional form, potentially uproarious.