Shear Madness
Shear Madness
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Discover for youself why over 9 million people around the world have seen Shear Madness, the uproarious whodunit where the audience gets to solve the crime. A mixture of improvisation and up-to-the-minute humor, the play is delightfully different every time you see it.
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GraceS5353
Boston, MA37 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
I went to see Shear Madness with my husband and 16 year old daughter. We all thoroughly enjoyed it. The actors were fantastic, and even seemed to surprised each other with how hilarous the ad libbing was. It’s a small theater, but it makes the stage very easy to see. The audience interaction was fun, and it ranged from jokes about audience members to audience members making fun of characters (nothing with malicious intent). Although it is targeted to adult audiences, my daughter was laughing a lot and said she enjoyed the show. There were kids as young as about 12 in our showing; kids younger than 12 probably wouldn’t understand/have fun. The only shame was how empty our showing was. The actors deserved a full theater. Overall, I recommend it if you have spare time in Boston!
Written 7 March 2020
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medicalmarinara
Boston, MA124 contributions
Feb 2020
Coming here was a good time. The theater is pretty small and is tiered with some comedy club style tables. The actors are great and it was fun to see everything play out, especially with some (non-required) audience participation. I was scared of getting called on, but that was not the case. Would come back once more, but probably not more than that.
Written 20 February 2020
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jill o
Windsor Locks, CT4 contributions
Feb 2020
This was a very, very funny play. The actors were excellent. The set was perfect. At first I thought our seats were terrible (in the back corner near the bathrooms) but they turned out to be just fine. We were seated at a tiny table for four which was perfect because we were a party of four. However, if we had been a party of two, we would have been seated with two strangers which could be a little dicey since it was pretty tight quarters. There is a bar upstairs so if you get there early you can hang out there. There is also a bar downstairs where the play is performed but it closes during the performance and reopens at intermission. Very fresh play even though it has been running for years. Highly recommend.
Written 16 February 2020
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Lnelson121
1 contribution
Dec 2019
I had seen Sheer Madness AGES ago (think over two decades previously) with my mother. As she was in town again, we thought wouldn't it be a hoot to see it again after all these years.
Naturally we were wondering if the production stayed updated. We knew that in earlier days the actors were improvising as well as following the main script.
The performance was fanatic. The basic script was the same from 20 years ago, but it has stuck with the times. To the point that some of the jokes were based on events that had happened in the last couple of days before we went to the shoe. Just great.
I also saw years ago the DC-Sheer Madness, but Boston will always be my number one.
Written 15 January 2020
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ShearMadness
Thanks for coming back to the scene of the crime and helping solve whodunit once again. Hope to see you again- hopefully sooner this time :-)
Written 17 January 2020
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Alicia F
Philadelphia, PA4 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Great show. Very funny. Also very inappropriate, but I went with my 18 yo so it was fine. Younger children won’t get many of the jokes. The young children who attended with other parents appeared to have great time.
Written 12 January 2020
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ShearMadness
Thanks for playing armchair detective with us!
Written 17 January 2020
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cotton3260
Pembroke, MA86 contributions
Dec 2019
This was the seventh trip we made to Shear Madness and the experience never gets old. The banter is fresh, the discourse is timely and the actors were hilarious. Some of my group of eight, there to celebrate New year's Eve, has never experience this show and were overcome with laughter. Patrick Shea continues to surprise audiences with his improvisational camp.
Written 11 January 2020
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MommaDev1
Boston, MA80 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
I can’t believe I hadn’t seen this show sooner! It was a lot of fun! I got our tickets on Bostix and when we got there they upgraded our seats! I was glad they did because our Bostix tickets (38.50) were in the corner! Although there doesn’t look like there is a bad seat! Loved the audience participation. Amazed at the actors talent...a fun night out!
Written 30 December 2019
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Thanks for playing Shearlock with us!
Written 6 January 2020
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Nikii
16 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
Super funny! Definitely visit with the cast during intermission Bc you don’t get to see them after the show....I regret not interacting with them more...super cool and fun!
Written 15 December 2019
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Thanks for coming to help solve whodunit with us!
Written 6 January 2020
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Jenny P
5 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
The show was great, loved the energy and jokes; the actors had a great sense of humor and were very engaging!
Written 3 December 2019
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Thanks for being an armchair detective
Written 6 January 2020
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Stuart W
6 contributions
What a treat it was to attend this show. Murder mystery, comedy, farce with great acting and the set was brilliant. A must see show if you are in Boston!
Written 6 November 2019
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ShearMadness
Thanks for playing Shearlock with us!
Written 8 November 2019
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