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Shear Madness Off-Broadway Tickets

Shear Madness, an interactive play in which the audience members help solve a murder, has been performed since the 1970s, making it the longest-running play in the United States. The play is currently being performed at the Davenport Theater off-Broadway.

Audience Involved in Murder Investigation

The play takes place at Shear Madness, a small salon that recently opened on West 50th Street in New York. It is unclear from the décor and the jokes when the action takes place.

The play is filled with improvisation. The audience must solve the murder of the landlady, concert pianist Isabel Czerny. The play stops after her body is found and the audience must ask the cast questions and then vote on who is guilty.


“Shear Madness is like a funny version of Law & Order — and it's the perfect show for those among us who think we can spot the murderer before the opening credits.” – David Gordon, Theater Mania

“But 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.” – Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

Everyone Is a Suspect

The suspects are Tony, the owner of the salon who had a bitter relationship with Isabel; Barbara, a stylist who could have benefited from her death; Mrs. Shubert, a wealthy customer; and Eddie, who is secretly seeing Barbara. The play stars Jordan Ahnquist as Tony, Gil Brady as Eddie, Lisa McMillan as Mrs. Shubert, Kate Middleton as Barbara, Patrick Noonan as Nick, and Jonathan Randell Silver as Mike.

History of the Play

Shear Madness is directed by Bruce Jordan, who created it with Marilyn Abrams. It was adapted from a 1963 German play written by Paul Portner. The play ran previously in Washington, DC; Chicago; and Boston and debuted off-Broadway at New World Stages in November 2015.

Order Tickets to See Shear Madness

Shear Madness has been delighting audiences across the United States for decades. On Broadway.com has tickets to see this hilarious play off-Broadway at the Davenport Theater. With its reliance on improvisation and audience participation, every performance is unique. Order your tickets from OnBroadway.com today.