Murder for Two Mar07


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Murder for Two

A murder who dun it, done by two actors. Joe Kinosian and Brett Ryback play all the suspects – in this farce reminiscent of The 39 Steps and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, just on a smaller scale.

Joe Kinosian and Brett Ryback. Photo: Joan Marcus

Joe Kinosian and Brett Ryback.
Photo: Joan Marcus

The show’s slogan, “They put the laughter in manslaughter” will give you some of idea…. The main set piece is a piano which gets played by both (sometimes in duet) as they relate the facts of a zany murder that has taken place at what supposed to have been a surprise birthday party for victim. Kinosian, with enending energy and over-the-top comic chops, plays most of the suspects, including the victim’s wife, a ballet star and a 12-member boys choir. Ryback plays a police officer trying to solve the case to earn his detectives badge.

What are the Highlights? 
It’s a silly, fun 90 minutes without intermission. Fun interaction with the audience.
What Are the Lowlights?
Slow-moving  and a bit confusing at first, it finds its stride as the plot thickens.
More Information: 
Murder for Two plays at New World Stages Stage 5, 340 West 50th St., NYC.
This show contains:
— Sexual actions
Murder for Two
Directed by Scott Schwartz
Book and Music by Joe Kinosian
Book and Lyrics by Kennel Blair
Starring Joe Kinosian and Brett Ryback
New World Stages
Lauren Yarger is a Member of The Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle and The American Theater Critics Association.