We saw â€œShear Madnessâ€ at the New Theatre Restaurant. The guest star was Richard Karn best known for TVâ€™s â€œHome Improvements.â€ Also so appearing, Jim Korinke, who appeared in the first local production of “Shear Madness” in 1988 and has been in every subsequent local version since then. Dodie Brown, Craig Benton, Ron Megee and Cathy Barnett rounded out the cast. We had never seen Ron Megee in anything but really enjoyed his performance as a gay hairdresser. At points in the plays, the cast really had problems not laughing at themselves, which made it even funnier.
Part of the fun happens before the play actually starts, as Barnett spruces up the salon and gives Brown a real shampoo. Megee squirts white goo onto Bentonâ€™s head which turns to pure slapstick and is quite funny.
Shear Madness is Americaâ€™s most popular and longest running play. Now in its 25th year at Washington D.C.â€™s prestigious John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. More than 10.6 million people worldwide have seen this hilarious whodunit.