Friday, December 30, 2011

Shear Madness

Recently, Scott and I went to Washington, D.C. for some holiday inspiration.  We went with another couple, Pat and Mike Moritz, and had some great times touring, eating, spending money and seeing some wonderful performances.

One night we went to see Shear Madness at the Kennedy Center.  It is a murder mystery solved by the audience and set in a hairdresser’s salon.  This slapstick comedy throws in local D.C. politics and headlines between clever and tacky one-liners, with improvisation.  

The beauty of the show is that no matter how many times you see it, the show is never the same.  In fact, this was my fourth time seeing it.

After the first act, the lead detective asks the audience to corroborate certain facts about the characters and their actions.  Then he asks the audience to pose any questions or situations about the events to him during the intermission.  This information helps to determine how the play will be played at the end.

The night we went, the theater was sparsely attended, so most of the audience was able to interact with the cast during intermission.  

I got closer to the male hairdresser character to be a part of the jovial conversation.

“And where are you from?” he asked me.

“I’m from North Carolina.”   Phonetically that would sound like “III’m frum Noorth Caaroliiina.”

“Oh. Well then, I’ll just have to speak slower,” he said to me laughing.

 “Don’t bother, I replied, I hear fast.”

If you've seen Shear Madness, I'd love to hear about it.  Email me at

Have a great day.

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