Shear Madness: Laugh Hysterically as You Solve the Mystery!

Shear Madness, the comedy whodunit that holds the Guinness record as the longest-running play in the history of American theatre, is coming to the Hayes Performing Arts Center in Blowing Rock. This hilarious play (which Newsweek calls “a hair-raising hit!”) comes to the High Country for a three-week run, June 10-28, before returning for an extended run at the NC Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte, where it is currently playing. Don’t miss this hilarious interactive mystery in which the audience solves the crime and The Washington Post guarantees “Shrieks of laughter night after night!”

This will be an amazing date-night or a night out with friends!  Lillie will be attending the show this Thursday and will tell you all about it!shearmadness_3300 I am so sad that I will be out of town for the opening, but I’ll have to catch it when I get back!

Set in present-day Blowing Rock and full of NC High Country references both loving and irreverent, Shear Madness engages locals and visitors alike as armchair detectives to help solve the scissor-stabbing murder of a famed concert pianist who lives above the Shear Madness unisex hairstyling salon. The show combines up-to-the-minute improvisational humor and a mixture of audience sleuthing to deliver a truly unique performance each night.

“We were looking for a great comedy to kick off our 24th season,” says Kenneth Kay, Producing Artistic Director of the Stage Company. “And with Shear Madness we found one of the funniest plays anywhere.”

shearmadness_3356v22Instead of simply watching the mystery play out, the audience dives directly into the action and helps two inquisitive detectives question suspects and trap these over-the-top characters in deceptions. Heaven only knows how many times poor Isabel Czerny has been murdered since this hilarious whodunit comedy debuted in 1978. Each evening, the concert pianist’s untimely demise sets off a wacky investigation that is ultimately solved by none other than your inner Sherlock Holmes. This unique interactive element, combined with spontaneity and unrelenting silliness, allows for a different ending every night. The cast also incorporates local news and events into the show, elements that demand witty cast members with strong improvisation skills. The Blowing Rock production will feature a professional Equity cast that includes Juliana Black, Jack Dillon, Linda Edwards, Joseph Klosek, Martin Thompson, Elizabeth Simpson, and Blowing Rock Stage Company veteran Tom Wahl (God’s Favorite, Art, Wait Until Dark, The Mystery of Irma Vep, and Private Lives).

To ring in its 24th season, the Hayes Performing Arts Center will offer heavy hors d’ouevres courtesy of Glidewell’s restaurant in the outside courtyard at the Hayes Center on opening night Wednesday June 10, Friday June 19, and Friday, June 26, beginning at 7pm. Cost is $10/person in advance. **Additional dinner and show packages starting at $82/couple are also available at Glidewell’s, Bistro Roca, Crippens, and the Manor House at Chetola.

Performances for Shear Madness are June 10 at 8pm, June 11 at 2pm & 8pm, June 12 at 8pm, June 13 at 8pm, June 14 at 2pm & 7pm, June 17 at 8pm, June 18 at 2pm & 8pm, June 19 at 8pm, June 20 at 2pm & 8pm, June 21 at 2pm, June 24 at 8pm, June 25 at 2pm & 8pm, June 26 at 8pm, June 27 at 2pm & 8pm, June 28 at 2pm.

Individual tickets are $26 for adults, $14 for students and are available now by calling the Box Office at 828-295-9627. You may pay by credit card or by cash (in person). Tickets can also be purchased online at by credit card. Special group rates are also available (10 person minimum). Season and Flex Passes can be purchased and used throughout the entire ’09 season.

The Hayes Performing Arts Center is located at 152 Jamie Fort Road (off Hwy 321), Blowing Rock, N.C. Tel:828-295-9627.