Shear madness

by Marilyn Abrams and Bruce Jordan
adapted from Paul Pörtner
French adaptation by Sébastien Azzopardi and Sacha Danino

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 spontaneous humor. The play is delightfully different every time you see it.

Shear Madness is one of the longest-running nonmusical plays in the world, owned by Marilyn Abrams and Bruce Jordan.

David Eastwood and Bruce Jordan acquired rights for a murder mystery originally titled "Scherenschnitt," written by German playwright Paul Pörtner (1925–1984), and made it into Shear madness.

The play is set in a unisex hair salon in the city in which it plays. The landlady, Isabel Czerny, who lives above the shop is murdered and the audience gets involved in the action by questioning the actors and attempting to solve the crime. The characters include a flamboyant homosexual hairdresser and his flirty yet ditsy assistant, along with a prim and proper uptight older lady and an older man who is a "used antique dealer." Much of the dialogue is improvised by the actors, and the humor tends to revolve around topical references to current events.

The ending of the play is different every night as audience members hear clues, question the characters and then vote on who they think is guilty.