Short Spoiler Free Play Review by my awesome neighbor Stephen
I’ve had numerous opportunities to attend a theater for purposes of writing a review but this was the first live performance (non-movie) and so I leapt at the chance to see “Shear Madness” the other week at the Kennedy Center. Not only did it sound like a fun show but who can turn down an opportunity to see something at the Kennedy Center especially a play that holds the Guinness world record for the longest-running play in America and has been seen by millions of people? With 27 years running at the Kennedy Center the play isn’t going anywhere but you should go, to the play, and here’s why. The show is in the Kennedy Center’s “Theater Lab” which is set up and optimized so that there really isn’t a bad seat in the house with acoustics that facilitate the audience participation parts. The show was like watching a live version of “Clue” or attending a “Murder Mystery Dinner Party” minus the dinner. Side note: Delicious culinary fare is available for purchase on the roof top level of the center. Be sure to get to the show in time because the music starts playing and the antics get going early.
One of the great things about the show is that the actors are all very quick on their feet. The play is littered with up-to-the-minute pop culture and current event references such as references to Neil Patrick Harris in his tighty whities, Obamacare, and the legalization of marijuana in the district. There is a Q&A session during intermission where you have the opportunity to interact and interrogate the actors who remain in character expertly. The play does contain some stereotypical characters such as the macho main detective, effeminate male barber, and voluptuous female stylist. Speaking of characters, there were quite a few in the audience as well including a blonde guy in a fur vest that looked like he wandered off the set of “Zoolander”. But I digress. In keeping with my “spoiler free” motto, I won’t reveal too much about the story behind this whodunit, but the genius of the show is that even if I told you, it wouldn’t make a difference because (like snowflakes) each and every show is different. I can see why this play has been running for as long as it has because Shear Madness was a shear joy.
Performances for Shear Madness are Tuesday through Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $50 and are on sale now through the Kennedy Center website, in-person at the Kennedy Center box office, or by calling 202.467.4600.
Hi! my name is Andrea and I'm a not-so-average Northern Virginia blogger, mom, and transplant from the Midwest. I host Girls Night Out events, meet ups, and write about events and my adventures in the DC area. I love to travel, brunch, and drink wine with my neighbors! I'm known to live on the wild side and order Venti iced double shots at 5pm.
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