A Musically Comic "Murder for Two" at LOng Wharf


BONNIE GOLDBERG

It may not be Miss Plum in the drawing room with a knife, but this spooky mansion is stuffed with clues and at least one dead body. You're invited to join Marcus, the wannabe police detective, in discovering "who dunnit" as a new musical comedy "Murder for Two" invades Long Wharf Theatre until Sunday, August 30.

Sharing the credits for book, music and lyrics are Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair and taking the bows for this opus performance of a baker’s dozen of characters are Kyle Brazil and Ian Lowe. While playing the piano in dual competition, the two men assume personas of all the suspects and murder victim(s).

How do you combine a ballerina’s tutu, a series of mystery novels, a bunch of bananas, a stolen stash of ice cream, a cache of dirty little secrets, a trio from a boys' chorus and a missing notebook into the evidence that may or may not reveal the killer? Very cleverly!

A birthday party for Arthur Whitney, the famed mystery novelist, turns particularly deadly when he is “surprised” by a gun shot to the head. Could he have been killed by his less than loving wife, his dancing-on-her -toes mistress, his confidence revealing psychiatrist, his accommodating niece or another of the guests gathered for the celebration?

Kyle Branzel and Ian Lowe sing and dance and tickle the ivories as they combine smart and corny hi-jinxs in this wild and wacky world of weird happenings. This fast paced adventure is 90 minutes in length without an intermission, on a detailed mansion set designed by Beowulf Boritt. Scott Schwartz directs this part spoof, part farce with a seriously comic touch. This may not be the cup of tea (poisoned or otherwise) that appeals to everyone, but if your sense of humor for physical comedy is triggered by the Three Stooges or Abbott and Costello, you’ll love the antics on the Claire Tow Main Stage.

For tickets ($61.50), call Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Drive, New Haven at 203-787-4282 or online at www.longwharftheatre.com. Performances are Wednesday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Thursday at 8 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Let Second Stage Theatre bring you a passel of clues, evidence and motives to sift through, weigh and evaluate to bring the criminal in question to justice. Come discover who, what, where, when and how and laugh all the way to the prison cell.

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