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Shear Madness at Charles Playhouse


10/19/2015 - 1/1/2100


Charles Playhouse

74 Warrenton Street
Boston,MA 02138
Phone: 617.426.5225

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Shear Madness is the comedy whodunit that lets the audience solve the crime!

Set in present-day Georgetown, Shear Madness engages locals and visitors alike as armchair detectives to help solve the scissor-stabbing murder of a famed concert pianist who lives above the Shear Madness unisex hairstyling salon. The show combines up-to-the-minute improvisational humor and a mixture of audience sleuthing to deliver a unique performance each night.

Shear Madness has been running in the Kennedy Center's Theater Lab for over 20 years, giving more than 10,000 performances and is the second longest play in the history of American Theater (its sister production of Shear Madness in Boston is #1.)

News About Shear Madness at Charles Playhouse

BWW Review: CATS at Citizens Bank Opera House
January 10, 2020

a??a??a??a??a??a??a??CATS opened at the Citizen's Bank Opera House Tuesday night. Directed by Trevor Nunn the current Broadway tour of CATS, with choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler based on the original Choreography by Gillian Lynne, is terrific. The pacing is perfect, and the acting, singing, and dancing is tight, polished, and outstanding. Mr. Nunn has deftly woven this cast into to a strong cohesive production and the onstage chemistry is a reward for the audience. The original Broadway production opened in 1982, based on 'Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats' by T.S. Elliot with Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and was the longest running Broadway show in history until it was dethroned by The Phantom of the Opera, also composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

BWW Interview: Creators of SHEAR MADNESS at The Charles Playhouse, the Longest-Running Play in US History
December 10, 2019

Sitting down to chat with Shear Madness' creators Marilyn Abrams and Bruce Jordan provides exactly what one might expect from a conversation with two inherently funny people who, 40 years ago, produced a murder mystery/ improv comedy at a little theatre in Boston that currently holds the Guinness World Record for the longest-running play in United States history.

BWW Review: SHEAR MADNESS at Ivoryton Playhouse
October 04, 2019

But 'Shear Madness,' the madcap murder mystery comedy that lets its audience vote each night on the identity of the perpetrator, owes a lot of its popularity to the show's willingness to update itself on essentially a daily basis, so that the jokes and setting feel as fresh and exhilarating as possible. After all, the show started nearly 40 years ago in Boston, where you can still find it running at the venerable Charles Playhouse today.

BWW Review: MISS SAIGON at Citizen's Bank Opera House
June 15, 2019

SHEAR MADNESS Announced At Totem Pole Playhouse
May 29, 2019

The long-running hit comedy whodunit, "Shear Madness" is set to begin performances this Friday, May 31st through June 16th at Totem Pole Playhouse, America's summer theatre, located in Caledonia State Park between Gettysburg and Chambersburg, PA. Totem Pole is one of the first theatres in the country to be granted a limited performance rights license to present the show, which has been running continuously at the Charles Playhouse in Boston since 1980 and at the Kennedy Center in D.C. for over 30 years. The play has the distinction of being one of the longest-running stage comedies in the world.

SHEAR MADNESS To Open Totem Pole Playhouse's Brand-New Summer Subscription Series
May 22, 2019

Totem Pole Playhouse, America's summer theatre, located in Caledonia State Park between Gettysburg and Chambersburg, PA, has announced a major change in its programming format starting this summer. Beginning May 31st through September 8th, a new 5-show summer subscription series will be offered. The new format will allow Totem Pole to offer a wider variety of offerings beyond the limited productions which the Playhouse produces. In addition to the new 5-show offering there will be several "Friday Fun Nights" throughout the summer which will include family movie night sing-alongs complete with picnic dinners and solo shows featuring performers from Broadway and Television.

MEAN GIRLS, THE BAND'S VISIT, and More Head to Broadway In Boston
March 12, 2019

Broadway In Boston, Boston's mainstage for Broadway, has unveiled the upcoming 2019-2020 Lexus Broadway Season during its annual announcement event at the Citizens Bank Opera House.

Broadway Across America Appoints Chris Mahan Vice President Of Venue Operations Of Hippodrome Theatre
January 10, 2019

Broadway Across America in partnership with the Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center is proud to announce the appointment of Chris Mahan as Vice President of Venue Operations of the Hippodrome. Mahan, an 18-year commercial theatre veteran, joins the Hippodrome from Broadway In Boston, Boston's largest presenter and producer of Broadway.

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