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Let's See "Shear Madness" at Theatre Three in the Quadrangle Shopping Center

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  • Theatre Three

    2800 Routh Street, Dallas, TX (map)

    32.798927 -96.803513

  • This is not a classic movie, but a classic play. A legendary, record-breaking play as a matter of fact. "Shear Madness", written by German playwright Paul Portner in 1963, is the second longest-running play in the history of theatre (behind Agatha Christie's "The Mouse Trap") and the longest-running play in the history of American theatre!

    In 2009, the Boston production of "Shear Madness" celebrated a continuous run of THIRTY YEARS.

    Theatre Three SAYS that it's only going to run through July 20th, but I think that they're planning on (and fully expecting) a much longer run, as in years. That's why it's being staged in Theatre Three's downstairs theatre, which is used for plays that have very long runs.

    I think that everyone would be SHOCKED if "Shear Madness" did not have a very long run in Dallas. It sounds like it's one of those pop culture phenomenons, like "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", that people go to see Many, Many times.

    "Shear Madness", which has been staged all over the world, is a murder mystery comedy, and is very unique, because the audience actually becomes the leading character in the play!

    A lot more explanation is clearly in order: The plot, which is highly improvised (the actors improvise their lines based on audience reaction to the play) involves the owner of a hair salon who is murdered. The audience then gets to question the characters in order to help solve the crime.

    And the ending is different every night, as the audience votes on who they think the murderer is. One of the reasons why the playwright, Paul Portner, thought up this play is because he was also a professional psychiatrist and was fascinated by how that different people can perceive the same event in different ways, typhus the idea of having audience members vote on who they think the murderer is (based on their individual perceptions, everyone will have their own idea!).

    Part of the improvisation of the actors also deals with the fact that their lines change because they make reference in the play to ever-changing current events.

    Jac Alder, the long-time director of Theatre Three, has been trying for a LONG time to get a production of "Shear Madness" at Theatre Three. He's absolutely thrilled! And he's sure that everyone else will be also.

    We can get a special, really good deal (as in half price) on the ticket prices: $17.50 per ticket instead of the usual 35 to 40 dollars per ticket price. Go to Theatre Three's Internet website and enter promotional code SHMAT2 and you'll get the discount.

    I hope you get to come.

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