|Joe Kinosian and Brett Ryback. Photo: Joan Marcus|
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
What's It All About?
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. 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.
Murder for Two plays at New World Stages Stage 5, 340 West 50th St., NYC. http://murderfortwomusical.com.
Christians might also like to know:
-- Sexual actions