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Shear Madness

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Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Hilarious, Delightful

About the show

The New York premiere of America’s longest running comedy is a whodunit set in a Hell's Kitchen hair salon, filled with up-to-the-minute humor and nail-biting suspense. More…

The set-up always remains the same, yet the script is rewritten to ensure the freshest, most relevant, even spontaneous humor—and a different ending every time. The audience plays along, too, questioning the suspects like a bona fide 'Sherlock Holmes,' as they try to solve the murder mystery down at the 'Shear Madness' salon.


Member Reviews (385)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Hilarious, Delightful
78
Avg Score

80
Funny, Great acting, Hilarious, Must see, Delightful

See it if you want to have great fun and like audience participation. You'll leave feeling lighter.

Don't see it if you don't like any break in the forth wall and/or are ONLY interested in intellectual humor.

78
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you like a really funny whodunnit (like the movie Clue) and enjoy audience participation. It's a fun night out! Go with a group!

Don't see it if You take yourself or things too seriously, this is a fun show with sharp one liners performed by a talented cast.

97
Clever, Funny, Hilarious, Intelligent, Original

See it if So funny! A must see for any theater fan. A hilarious night out!! Great and talented cast

Don't see it if Who done its are not your thing.

79
Funny, Hilarious, Intelligent, Masterful, Refreshing

See it if you like a lite, funny story, with good acting and a proven strong show. It is a fun show to go see and enjoy.

Don't see it if you don t like audience participation type shows.

50
Broad, Sitcom-y, Exhausting, Embarrassing, Original

See it if you like sitcom-y jokes and pop culture references shoehorned into places they don't belong.

Don't see it if you have anything else to do for 2 hours.

55
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Slow, Insipid

See it if you want the bridge-and-tunnel experience. (This show is best left to community theater.) Or your TV broke & you're desperate for a sitcom.

Don't see it if you don't like audience participation; you expect an answer to the question, "Why is this one of the longest-running plays in the world?"

58
Banal, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you like a completely silly show.

Don't see it if you like humor but with some shred of wit and some originality.

45
Disappointing, Dated, Fluffy, Insipid, Indulgent

See it if like mindless entertainment

Don't see it if you don't have to.

70
Entertaining, Funny, Fun, Silly fun

See it if You like a fun whodunit, you want to be entertained, you want something breezy and light, you enjoy a little audience participation.

Don't see it if You want serious theater. This is purely light entertainment.

70
Funny, Exhausting, Entertaining, Clever, Dizzying

See it if You enjoy quick humor and action that doesn't let you catch your breath. Smart/funny actors deliver well while dealing with the audience.

Don't see it if You don't like audience participation or a broken fourth wall. Jokes are sometimes cringe-worthy or cliche. Go for fun, not brilliance.

70
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Yes, it's murder mystery, Yes, it's audience participation, get on board

See it if you want to laugh in spite of yourself at low denominator humor & absurd situations, & want the opportunity to determine the ending yourself

Don't see it if you think murder mystery is below your pay scale, you dislike audience participation & think you;ve seen this all before

90
Original, Interesting, Funny

See it if you enjoy slapstick funny shows combined with interesting crime stories.

Don't see it if you do not like interactive shows or pefer traditional plays.

80
Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Quirky, Original

See it if You enjoy a very quick witted cast in an interactive fun whodunit. They never break character. My 11 year old nephew loved it.

Don't see it if You don't care for any of the above.

76
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Cliched

See it if you want a whodunit with audience participation with funny one liners and performers who ham it up; a fun evening for a variety of ages

Don't see it if you want something intellectual or don't want the 4th wall broken; would be annoyed by some cliched jokes

50
Dated, Cliched, Silly, Trivial, Boring

See it if Banal, silly murder whodunnit that takes place in a hair salon; dated, worn, cliche jokes; audience participation felt like a gimmick.

Don't see it if You're looking for something with substance or you don't like audience participation.

70
Clever, Funny, Quirky, Dizzying improv, Banal

See it if you enjoy improv. Strong cast, stays amazingly relevant to everyday current events. BUT, the jokes can be banal, sometimes provoking groans.

Don't see it if you don't like audience participation. They take you there, and THEN some. It was unexpected fun. Pay attention, there WILL be questions.

60
Disappointing, Confusing, Funny, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you want a good laugh

Don't see it if you want a more entertaining of work

85
Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Original, Quirky

See it if You enjoy interactive theater and talented comedic actors

Don't see it if You don't enjoy interactive theater or mysteries

66
Crowd pleaser, Clever, Slow, Overrated

See it if I did not love it, found it a bit obvious and trite. Cast full of overblown enthusiasm. Seems it is just a job for the actors.

Don't see it if You want a good night at the theater.

89
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you'd enjoy a wildly talented cast and have a fun entertaining time. If you enjoy(ed) the game Clue, you'll appreciate this production.

Don't see it if you do not like audience participation or a "who done it." I enjoyed this show far more than I thought that I would.

86
One of the funniest plays i've ever seen, Fluffy, Full of puns, Original, Lots of ad libs

See it if you enjoy silliness on stage.

Don't see it if you hate audience participation on any level.

89
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if See this every year as jokes change

Don't see it if You hate cheesy jokes with a passion

100
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if You want to laugh; you enjoy whodunits, interactive shows, and improvisation. If you want an even more ridiculous version of Edwin Drood.

Don't see it if You want to be a passive audience member, don't like whodunits or comedy, want something dramatic.

73
Funny, Fluffy

See it if you are looking for a good, fun, light-hearted night of theatre

Don't see it if you are looking for anything terribly mind-blowing

75
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if looking for a quick witted play with some great one liners.

Don't see it if you are expecting a mystery that actually allows you to figure out the plot.


November 11th, 2015
"Where 'Shear Madness' has the advantage is in its inclusive spirit of fun…This is genuinely all-ages entertainment, not a 'family-friendly' show that will leave grown-ups stultified...The tone depends hugely on the performers, and here this production does very well, particularly with Mr. Noonan...
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November 12th, 2015
"Director Bruce Jordan has gathered an excellent cadre of character actors for 'Shear Madness’s' belated New York premiere…Well acted if not exactly captivating, 'Shear Madness' is as insubstantial as Trump’s coiffure. It’s entertainment whipped up for those who find murder, at least in fictional...
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November 11th, 2015
"The script features a barrage of lame one-liners and predictable gags...The overall atmosphere is so giddily loony that it becomes infectious, and the talented ensemble work so hard at getting laughs that their efforts are justly rewarded."
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November 11th, 2015
"Extended out-of-town tryouts are the stuff of legend — but 36 years? 'Shear Madness,' with franchises all over the country, was originally intended to open in New York after a 1980 Boston tryout. But Beantown audiences were so receptive that the show just kept running...The comedy still isn’t s...
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