‘Shear Madness,’ a 43-year-old interactive murder-mystery opens in Tampa next week

It runs Feb. 15-April 8 at Straz Center.

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click to enlarge Jessica Moraton as Barbara in the Straz Center production of Shear Madness. - Photo by Rob-Harris Productions
Photo by Rob-Harris Productions
Jessica Moraton as Barbara in the Straz Center production of Shear Madness.
Seen by over 13.5 million people worldwide, the hair-salon-whodunit that everybody loves, “Shear Madness” hits the stage in Tampa next week.

Tickets to see “Shear Madness” inside Jaeb Theater at Tampa’s David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts from Feb. 15 - Apr. 8 are on sale now and start at $43.50.

The show is a unique comedy that takes place in the Shear Madness hairstyling salon and is chock full of up-to-the-minute spontaneous humor.

There’s a murder, and the audience gets to spot the clues, question the suspects, then solve the funniest mystery in the annals of crime. Clues change every night, according to a press release, so audiences never know who the murderer will be until the end of the show.

The production is one of the longest-running non musical plays in the world. It was voted "Best Comedy of the Year" seven times by the Boston Globe, Shear Madness has also been inducted into the Comedy Hall of Fame, the first play ever to receive that accolade.

The show first opened in Boston in 1980 and only closed in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic.

UPDATED 02/13/22 12:16 p.m. Updated location to Jaeb Theater.
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