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It's a Honolulu Who-dun-it With SHEAR MADNESS at MVT

It's a Honolulu Who-dun-it With SHEAR MADNESS at MVTManoa Valley Theatre is proud to present a hilarious who-dun-it comedy that has been running continuously for the past 37 years in the United States live on stage from May 3 - 20. When the landlady who lives above a unisex hair salon is murdered, the audience gets involved in solving the crime by openly questioning the strange array of characters and attempting to solve the crime. All are suspect: the flamboyant hairdresser, the flirty yet ditzy assistant, the prim and proper uptight matron, and an older fellow who is a "used antique dealer." Much of the humor revolves around topical references to current events. It keeps every audience laughing as they try to outwit the suspects and catch the killer. New clues and up to the minute improvisation deliver a different show every night. Shear Madness is listed in the Guiness Book of World Records as the longest running play in the history of the USA and has enjoyed productions staged all over the world.

Guest Director is Miles Phillips and Assistant Director is Amy Toner Sullivan. Assistants to the Director are Barbara Nickerson and Suzanne Maloney. Set design is by DeAnne Kennedy. Lighting design is by Janine Myers. Costume design is by Carlynn Wolfe. Props design is by Sara Ward. Hair and make-up design is by Lisa Ponce de Leon. Sound design is by Jason Taglianetti. The stage manager is Suzanne Maloney. Performing in the show are Shannon Winpenny as Barbara DeMarco, Dan Connell as Mikey O'Brien, Sean Koegel as Tony Whitcomb, Steve Wyman as Eddie Lawrence, Alan Shepard as Nick Rosetti, and Fabienne Flandre Herold as Mrs. Schubert.

The production will run May 3 - 20. Show times are Wed. 7:30 p.m., Thur. 7:30 p.m., Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 8 p.m., and Sun. 4 p.m. Tickets are $40. Seniors and military are admitted for $35, youth 25 years old and younger are $22. Minimum age is 12. Call 988-6131 or purchase tickets online at Tickets are also available at all military ticket outlets. The play is performed in two acts with one intermission. The theatre will be set up in cabaret style seating and table service will be provided. The running time with intermission is approximately two and a half hours.

First-come, first-serve seating will begin one hour prior to the performance during which time light food and beverages may be purchased and consumed on site. No outside refreshments are allowed.

Play sponsors are Mercedes Benz Honolulu, Sunshine Arbor, Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel and Hagadone. Season wide presenters are Alexander & Baldwin, Inc., Cades Schutte and the Cades Foundation, Honolulu Star-Advertiser and 'Iolani School. Season wide Sponsors: George Mason Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation, Jeff Portnoy in Memory of Sandi Portnoy, Mike and Alberta Rosenberg, and Bob and Corrine Taylor on behalf of Maui Divers. This event is made possible with support from Hawaii State Foundation on Culture & The Arts, The Mayor's Office on Culture & The Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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